Low Carb Cottage Pie

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  • prep time

    prep time

    20 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    1 h 0 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    1 h 20 min

Low Carb Cottage Pie

8 ratings

This low carb take on a British cottage pie is great for feeding hungry families!

Rich and filling, this recipe calls for rutabaga mash in place of the traditional potato. Perfect served on its own or accompanied by some steamed greens.

  • Net Carbs

    8.9 g

  • Fiber

    2.7 g

  • Total Carbs

    11.6 g

  • Protein

    32.2 g

  • Fats

    25.3 g

404 cals

Low Carb Cottage Pie

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  • Ground Beef

    Ground Beef

    1 pound

  • Garlic


    2 clove

  • Tomato Puree

    Tomato Puree

    2 tablespoon

  • Balsamic Vinegar

    Balsamic Vinegar

    1 tbsp

  • Rutabagas Raw

    Rutabagas Raw

    1 medium

  • Grated Cheese

    Grated Cheese

    1 cup

  • Butter


    1 tablespoon

  • Celery


    1 strip or stick

  • Onions


    1 small

  • Tomatoes


    1 medium

  • Olive Oil

    Olive Oil

    1 tablespoon

  • Spices Oregano Dried

    Spices Oregano Dried

    1 tsp, leaves

  • Spices Thyme Dried

    Spices Thyme Dried

    2 tsp, leaves

  • Beef Stock Pot by Knorr

    Beef Stock Pot by Knorr

    0.75 cup

  • Salt


    ¾ teaspoon

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper

    ⅓ tsp

Recipe Steps

steps 11

1 h 20 min

  • Step 1

    Peel and dice the rutabaga into 2cm cubes and add to a large pan of boiling water. Bring to the boil over a medium heat and cook until completely tender – about 40 minutes.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    While the rutabaga is cooking, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the ground beef and brown all over. Remove from the pan, leaving the fat and oil in the pan. Reserve to one side.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Dice the celery and the onion and add to the hot pan, cook gently until softened, then slice and add the garlic.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Add the oregano and thyme to the pan and stir well.
    Step 4
  • Step 5

    Chop the tomato and add to the pan along with the balsamic vinegar and tomato puree. Stir well to combine.
    Step 5
  • Step 6

    Return the beef to the pan, season well and stir into the sauce.
    Step 6
  • Step 7

    Add the hot stock to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes to infuse the flavors and reduce the sauce.
    Step 7
  • Step 8

    Preheat the oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the rutabaga is soft, drain and return to a low heat. Add the butter and cheese to the pan with the rutabaga. Season well and mash until smooth.
    Step 8
  • Step 9

    Once the beef stock has reduced, spoon the beef and vegetables into an oven proof dish so that it is level.
    Step 9
  • Step 10

    Spoon the mash over the top of the mince so that it is smooth and even.
    Step 10
  • Step 11

    Transfer to the oven to bake for 20 minutes until the sauce is cooked through and bubbling and the mash is turning golden on top.
    Step 11

Comments 17

  • ElanK

    ElanK 9 months ago

    It was very good! I used a bit more butter in the mash, though.

    • LizPepper

      LizPepper a year ago

      This is delicious! Instead of rutabagas I used chayote. It was quite runny and like a thick soup on top but a light flavor. Anyone know how to thicken it up without carbs??

      • Ashley2019

        Ashley2019 3 years ago

        Are rutabagas very bitter? Or am I thinking turnips?

        • Mony

          Mony 2 years ago

          Rutabagas aren't bitter, mash them with a bit of butter and the texture is very similar to turnips and carrots

      • Soonbeslim

        Soonbeslim 3 years ago

        P.s. you can cook a whole swede in the microwave for 10 to 20 minutes then its soft inside. Cut the top off and scrape out with a spoon, no mashing needed. It's life changer.

        • RousingKetone906601

          RousingKetone906601 3 years ago

          Do you poke it first before putting in microwave?

      • Soonbeslim

        Soonbeslim 3 years ago

        Absolutely delicious, I doubled up and batch cooked for the freezer. It's Absolutely delicious. We love swede.

        • Taz6559

          Taz6559 4 years ago

          Not a fan of rutabega I used cauliflower this time. Was good. May try turnips next time

          • Tim

            Tim 5 years ago

            OMGOODNESS!! Can't wait to try this recipe. Instead of boiling the rutabaga going to pan fry in bacon grease until tender. Gonna be killer with added flavors from bacon not to mention the bits that caramelized in process! I'm gonna be slaying dinner tonight.. 😁

            • Cupidslot

              Cupidslot 5 years ago

              Would also be nice with a layer of green cabbage only soft leaf with cauli on top baked in oven. Could use it to make a lasagne using the cabbage as the pasta topped with cauli and cheese then bake in oven

            • recipewriter

              recipewriter 5 years ago

              Thank you, I hope you enjoy the recipe!

          • oksend2mebf53

            oksend2mebf53 6 years ago

            Looks great. In New Zealand and Australia we call rutabaga Swede, if that helps any one :)

            • Terry Rar-Rar

              Terry Rar-Rar 5 years ago

              And in the UK x

            • cjjulian424fb7

              cjjulian424fb7 6 years ago

              I call them turnips

          • Nana68

            Nana68 6 years ago

            I'm thinking of making this dish, but I would change the rutabaga for cauliflower mash. That would change the macros

            • recipewriter

              recipewriter 6 years ago

              Cauliflower would be a great substitute! Lets us know how you get on!

          • lisaedmundson831f865

            lisaedmundson831f865 6 years ago

            Being as I am from England and love a good cottage pie... it's a definite must try, the rutabaga sounds delicious!