A Healthier Shepherd’s Pie

Shanthi Appelo
Shanthi Appelo

| 1 min read

Shepherds Pie
Shepherd’s Pie is a St. Patrick’s Day favorite. While many recipes pack in unhealthy ingredients like a whole stick of butter, this lighter version packs in more veggies, cuts some of the fat and substitutes mashed potatoes for cauliflower.
Serving Amount
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 lb. lean ground lamb or turkey

  • 1 yellow onion or 2 shallots, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tbsp flour

  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme or 1 Tbsp. dried thyme

  • 12 cup dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir (optional)

  • 1 cup broth (beef, chicken or vegetable)

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 112 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 cup frozen peas and carrots

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 12-ounce bag frozen cauliflower

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced

  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped thyme (or 1 tsp dried)

  • 14 cup grated parmesan

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Optional garnish — chives, chopped

  • Spray oil

  • Step 1

    In a large skillet over medium heat, add ground meat and separate while cooking. Add olive oil, then add onions and garlic. Stir until cooked and fragrant. 

  • Step 2

    Sprinkle flour on top and stir. This should thicken the mixture. Pour over broth, add tomato paste, Worcestershire, wine if using, and thyme. Stir until well-combined. 

  • Step 3

    Add frozen veggies and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. 

  • Step 4

    Add salt and pepper to taste. 

  • Step 5

    Boil the cauliflower in a pot, with enough water to cover it, until soft throughout, about 10 minutes.   

  • Step 6

    In a small saucepan, heat olive oil to medium-low. Once the oil is hot, add garlic, thyme and shallots. Cook until garlic is golden and fragrant, about 3 minutes.  

  • Step 7

    Drain the water from the pot of cauliflower. Remove as much water as possible using pressing motions as this will make the topping denser and creamier. 

  • Step 8

    Pour the oil mixture of shallot, garlic and thyme over the cauliflower in the pot. Add parmesan, salt and pepper. Blend with an immersion blender. Stir in butter. 

  • Step 9

    If using a blender or food processor, add cauliflower, oil mixture, parmesan, salt and pepper, and blend.  

  • Step 10

    Garnish with fresh chopped chives and thyme. 

  • Step 11

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  

  • Step 12

    Transfer meat mixture to a deep pie dish or casserole dish. On top, scoop the mashed cauliflower. Spray with spray oil then bake for 30 minutes, until top is golden. 

  • Step 13

    Garnish with chopped chives and thyme. Serve with asparagus or broccoli for a full meal. 

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