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Cheesy Cauliflower Topped Pie - all the goodness of a traditional cottage pie but topped with delicious tender cheesy cauliflower florets

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Low Carb Cottage Pie

I had a cauliflower sitting in my kitchen that was just begging to be made into something delicious. Some of you may now be thinking, cauliflower and delicious do not go in the same category.

Well, you may be persuaded otherwise after trying this Cheesy Cauliflower Topped Pie, even my fussy kids are persuaded to eat some vegetables with this delicious topping.

After all, who can resist yummy golden melted cheese that covers almost every morsel of cauliflower florets? Even better is that the cheesy cauliflower covers a meat filling similar to that of a cottage pie, making it a delicious meal for the whole family packed full of healthy vegetables.

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Cottage Pie with a Twist

There is something versatile about cottage pie. I mean yes okay traditionally it's topped with mashed potatoes.

But it really can be varied by all kinds of different toppings from the regular white potato, like sweet potato, butternut squash, swede, carrot or mashed Cauliflower like this delicious Healthy Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Spring Onion Mash.

Usually when I make a cottage pie for the whole family - I like to use a white and sweet potato mix as in this Cottage Pie, it the perfect combination for a delicious mash without having to use huge amounts of milk, cream or butter.

Cottage Pie versus Shepherd's Pie

Many people call Cottage Pie Shepherd's Pie and vice versa, but traditionally there is a difference. Cottage Pie is made with a ground beef (beef mince) and Shepherds' Pie with a ground lamb (lamb mince), hence the shepherd part. Then to confuse matters even further, there is Cumberland pie which is usually a choice of meat, topped with mashed potatoes (or sometimes potato slices) and then breadcrumbs and cheese.

What you call it if you use vegetarian meat replacement is anyone's guess. I'll leave that one to you. However, you'll be pleased to know this can be adapted into a vegetarian version by using a meat replacement.

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Making the Cheesy Cauliflower Topped Pie

First up is the oven proof dish, I just use a simple pyrex style rectangle dish from Ikea. But any shape is fine, use round if that's what you have. So long as it fits all the filling and topping that all that matters.

Next up is making the yummy filling. Beef mince, vegetables and keeping it healthier and gluten free. I like to make my own gravy using fat free beef stock (from a carton) as it's so much fresher tasting, along with some herbs, seasoning, and a little cornstarch (cornflour to thicken).

Of course, if you are not gluten free, you can use any beef stock of your choice, including stock cubes.

Next is the topping, fresh cauliflower lightly steamed and then mixed with some cheese (a combination of cheddar and parmesan is just the best for flavour).

Can I use frozen Cauliflower?

Sure!! If that is all you have, go ahead, it will work fine. Only thing I recommend, is letting it thaw and then draining off the excess liquid, otherwise, it's going to dilute all that lovely gravy. You won't need to steam the cauliflower either, as it's already partly cooked.

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This recipe was originally created on 4 March 2010 and updated on the 12 September 2019

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Cheesy Cauliflower Topped Pie

Yield: SERVES 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Cheesy Cauliflower Topped Pie - all the goodness of a traditional cottage pie but topped with delicous tender cheesy cauliflower florets

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 455g (16oz) of extra lean minced beef
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • fresh thyme
  • ½ cup (120ml) of frozen peas
  • 600ml (2.5 cups) of beef broth (stock)
  • 1 tbs of balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, tapioca or arrowroot flour
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato puree
  • 60g (2oz) of parmesan, grated
  • 60g (2oz) of cheddar, grated
  • salt and black pepper
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • Fresh Italian Parsley

Instructions

  1. Separate cauliflower into florets and steam over a large saucepan of water for approx 10-15mins until slightly softened. Drain fully and add to a bowl along with the parmesan, cheddar and a pinch of salt and black pepper and roughly fold until the cheese melts and coats the cauliflower, slightly mashing as you do (don't over mash, you want big chunks of florets to remain). Set aside.
  2. Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with some cooking oil spray and add the onion, celery, garlic, and carrot and fry until softened.
  3. Add the mince and thyme and cook until browned.
  4. Add the broth, onion powder, garlic salt, tomato puree and balsamic vinegar. In a small bowl mix the starch with a couple of tablespoon of cold water and then add to the meat mixture and stir. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15-20 mins until sauce is rich and thickened. Taste and season as needed.
  5. Preheat oven to 180c or 350f (gas mark 4)
  6. Add the meat mixture to an oven proof dish. Stir in the frozen peas
  7. Top with the cheesy cauliflower mixture.
  8. Bake in the oven for approx 40-45 mins or until cheese is melted and golden.
  9. Top with some fresh chopped Italian parsley
  10. Enjoy!!

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Nutrition Information

Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per ServingCalories 374Total Fat 15.1gSaturated Fat 8.1gCholesterol 94.9mgSodium 861.8mgCarbohydrates 20.7gFiber 5.9gSugar 6.5gProtein 40.6g

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FAQs

How many calories are in Slimming World Cottage Pie? ›

Cottage Pie
Typical ValuesPer 100gserving (100g)
Calories292.9kj292.9kj
70kcal70kcal
Total Fat0.8g0.8g
Saturated Fat0.3g0.3g
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How many calories in 2 tablespoons of fat free cottage cheese? ›

There are 7 calories in 2 tbsp (10 g) of Lancewood Fat Free Smooth Cottage Cheese.

How much sugar is in fat free cottage cheese? ›

Cottage cheese does not usually contain added sugars, but because it is a dairy food, the product does provide four grams of sugar (lactose) per serving.

How to eat cauliflower to lose weight? ›

Cauliflower is an excellent option for weight loss as it is low in calories, around 27 and 5 grams of carbs for a single serving. You can substitute riced cauliflower for actual rice without sacrificing taste and nutrients.

How many times a week should you eat cauliflower? ›

At a minimum, include cruciferous vegetables as part of your diet 2-3 times per week, and make the serving size at least 1-1/2 cups. Even better from a health standpoint, enjoy cauliflower and other vegetables from the cruciferous vegetable group 4-5 times per week, and increase your serving size to 2 cups.

Is it better to eat cauliflower or broccoli? ›

While they are both very nutritious vegetables, broccoli has a higher vitamin content, specifically in vitamin K and C, than cauliflower and is specifically known to be great for eye health. Broccoli florets also provide more minerals and fiber as well as contains vitamin A that isn't in cauliflower.

How many calories in a portion of cottage pie? ›

It's hearty, nourishing and packed with vegetables and flavour. Each serving provides 483 kcal, 32.5g protein, 51g carbohydrates (of which 16.5g sugars), 14g fat (of which 6g saturates), 12g fibre and 1.2g salt.

How many calories in a piece of cottage pie? ›

Other sizes: 1 serving - 284kcal, 100 g - 117kcal, more...

How many calories are in a fat free cottage? ›

Fat Free Natural Cottage Cheese
Typical values per 100g
Energy267kJ / 63kcal
Protein10.8g
Carbohydrate3.9g
of which sugars2.9g
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What is the serving size of cottage pie? ›

Cottage Pie
Nutrition Facts
For a Serving Size of 1 serving (258.76g)
How many calories are in Cottage Pie? Amount of calories in Cottage Pie: Calories 325.4Calories from Fat 173.5 (53.3%)
% Daily Value *
How much fat is in Cottage Pie? Amount of fat in Cottage Pie: Total Fat 19.3g-
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