Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower White Bean Mash

Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower and White Bean Mash

I have been meaning to post this recipe – which is a follow-up to my cauliflower and white bean mash recipe – for ages, but as the weather started to warm up I thought maybe I’d missed my chance. But as the unseasonable chill sets in and it rains intermittently, it’s actually the perfect time to enjoy shepherd’s pie.

This British dish is warm and comforting, but not overly heavy, and a great way to pack in some extra veggies to your diet. With the cauliflower and white bean mash on top instead of the traditional mashed potatoes, my version is healthier and in line with the Slow Carb diet (if that’s your thing). I always love when I can sneak in stealthily add extra veggies and beans to my meal.

The recipe requires a few steps, especially when you factor in the mash, but it can all be made ahead as it reheats beautifully so you can prep it on the weekend to have for a quick weeknight supper.


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Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower White Bean Mash
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This recipe substitutes cauliflower and white bean mash for the traditional mashed potatoes. It's a healthier - but still filling and delicious - alternative.
Recipe Type: Entree
Yield: 6 servings
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 ounces mushrooms, sliced (baby bella are nice)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 pounds ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • Salt
  • Cauliflower and white bean mash
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet (or work with two smaller ones, splitting the ingredients between them).
  3. Add the mushrooms, onions, carrots, and garlic and cook until the onions are soft and the mushrooms are lightly browned (about 10 minutes).
  4. Add the beef and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until mostly cooked through.
  5. Stir in the herbs, peas, and tomato paste. Stir in the wine. Simmer for two minutes, until slightly thick.
  6. Season with salt and remove from the heat. Put in a 9x13-inch baking dish and top with the cauliflower and white bean mash.
  7. Put in the oven and bake until the mash is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, and serve.
Gluten free, kosher meat


6 thoughts on “Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower White Bean Mash

  1. John/Kitchen Riffs

    It’s been chilly here the last week or so. And rainy. Perfect comfort food weather! Love the idea of cauliflower and white beans in a Shepherds Pie — really creative. Thanks!

  2. Runcooking

    This is a wonderful recipe.But I have some changes with this dish by adding died celery sticks or using lamb mince instead of beef.It is so great! My children really love this and they often ask me for this dish.They eat all and I hope it can leave some, but non!:D

  3. Culinary Lab

    I agree that as long as it’s cold and raining intermittently, it’s a great time to enjoy a shepherd’s pie. It came out divinely delicious and nutritious. Thanks for sharing 😉

  4. Writer

    Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious. I ate something similar at work in the written service of Writercheap, but I was refused to give the recipe for this dish:d Imagine how angry I was. And then accidentally got on your article and see a very familiar dish!
    I’m lucky. But what do you think, if I add mushrooms to it, the dish will not go bad?:)
    Thanks for sharing that. Good luck!:))

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