Low Carb Shepherds Pie Soup

This Low Carb Shepherd's Pie Soup takes classic comfort food and turns it into a hearty, flavorful low carb soup the whole family will love!

Looking for more low carb and keto soup recipe ideas? Give this Keto Cream of Mushroom Soup or Keto Tomato Bisque with Bacon a try!

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I know many people disagree about the difference between calling something Shepherds Pie. I make this soup with ground lamb or ground beef, depending on what I can find and the prices at the store.

But I decided to get right into that from the start so we can lay it to rest.
Shepherd’s Pie vs. Cottage Pie

When Shepherd’s Pie first originated, it was made with lamb. It has since evolved, especially in America, to include a variety of red meats (ground beef in particular). Per Wikipedia:

“Shepherd’s pie, cottage pie, or hachis Parmentier is a ground meat pie with a crust or topping of mashed potato of English origin. The recipe has many variations, but the defining ingredients are ground red meat cooked in a gravy, and topped with a layer of mashed potato before it is baked”

So the only thing this doesn't have is the potato, but potatoes are so overrated, right?

I will say in all honesty that my husband was quite skeptical about this recipe when I told him what I was making.

I don't know why he questions me, he has only ever disliked one recipe enough to say he didn't ever want it again.

Silly hubby! He loved it. He kept saying over and over again, "This is really really good".


Overhead photo of the ingredients needed to make Low Carb Shepherds Pie Soup on a marble counter.



INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE LOW CARB SHEPHERDS PIE SOUP

Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

INGREDIENTS
  • Cauliflower
  • Pink sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Ground lamb or grass-fed ground beef
  • Organic onion powder
  • Organic garlic powder
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Beef bone broth
  • Sour cream
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • Ground sage
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Frozen peas and carrots (can omit if strict keto)
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley

Six photos of the process of making Low Carb Shepherds Pie Soup.


HOW TO MAKE LOW CARB SHEPHERDS PIE SOUP


STEP 1
Remove the leaves and core from the cauliflower and chop. 

STEP 2
Place the chopped cauliflower into a large heavy-bottomed soup pot. Cover with water and add salt (you want it ocean salty). Bring to a boil.

STEP 3
Boil until the cauliflower is fork-tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.

STEP 4
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Season with salt, pepper, onion, and garlic powder.

STEP 5
Cook the ground beef until no pink remains. Set aside.

STEP 6
Drain the cauliflower and return it to the pot.

STEP 7
Add the heavy whipping cream to the pot and mash with a potato masher (if chunks are desired) or puree with an immersion blender until smooth.

STEP 8
Add in the bone broth, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, ground sage, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine well. 

STEP 9
Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.


Three photos of the process of making Low Carb Shepherds Pie Soup.



STEP 10
Add the ground beef and frozen vegetables and allow them to heat through about 10 minutes.

STEP 11
Remove from heat and add the shredded cheese and stir until combined. 

STEP 12
Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

STEP 13
Top with fresh parsley if desired.



Overhead photo of a blue pot full of Low Carb Shepherds Pie Soup with a ladle full of soup closer to the camera.


FAQS ABOUT LOW CARB SHEPHERDS PIE SOUP


I didn't think carrots and peas were keto.
They aren't if you are strict keto. If you are just low carb like me, you can pick and choose what meals will fall into your limit for the day. You can omit the peas and carrots and opt for lower-carb veggies if you like.

Could I use ground chicken or pork in this recipe instead of lamb or beef?
Absolutely, you can use whatever ground meat you prefer. 

How should I store the leftovers? 
Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. This soup does freeze and reheat well.


Close up photo of a blue pot full of Low Carb Shepherds Pie Soup.


Last thoughts about Low Carb Shepherds Pie Soup



Why you should make this recipe:
  • EASY: Made with simple ingredients and ready in 40 minutes, this shepherd’s pie soup has become my go-to for busy winter weeknights.
  • COMFORTING: It’s everything you love about traditional shepherd’s pie in soup form. It is pure comfort in a bowl!
  • PLENTY OF LEFTOVERS: This recipe makes a big batch so you can enjoy leftovers for days or freeze servings for later!


TIPS FOR THIS RECIPE

  • Shred the cheese from a block so that it melts well. Bagged shredded cheese contains cellulose or starch which prevents it from clumping, but also prevents it from melting well (and adds carbs).
  • Make sure the soup isn’t too hot when you add the cheese. Otherwise, the fat from the cheese will separate and you’ll get a grainy consistency.

TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE

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This is the immersion blender I use for SO many soups and sauces, it makes it really easy to blend right in the pot without having to transfer a hot liquid to a blender.
This dutch oven is perfect for making this soup.




Very close up photo of a spoonful of Low Carb Shepherds Pie Soup over a white bowl.





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