Cheesy Cauliflower Topped Pie


Slimming Eats Cheesy Cauliflower Topped Pie - gluten free, vegetarian, Slimming World (SP) and Weight Watchers friendly

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 in my book. Well you may be persuaded after trying this. 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 making a delicious meal packed full of healthy vegetables.

This recipe is gluten free, Vegetarian, Slimming World (SP) and Weight Watchers friendly

Slimming Eats Recipe

Extra Easy – 0.5 syns and 1 HEa per serving

Original/SP – 0.5 syns and 1 HEa per serving (omit peas)

Green/Vegetarian – 0.5 syns and 1 HEa per serving (use quorn or lentils in place of the ground beef)

Cheesy Cauliflower Topped Pie
Serves 4
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 450g (1lb) of extra lean minced beef
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • fresh thyme
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • ½ cup (120ml) of frozen peas
  • 600ml (2.5 cups) of beef broth
  • 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of tapioca starch, cornstarch or arrowroot (1.5 syns)
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato puree
  • black pepper
  • 60g (2oz) of parmesan (2 HEas)
  • 80g (3oz) of mozzarella (2 HEas)
  • Spray oil
  • Fresh Italian Parsley
  1. Separate cauliflower into florets and steam over a large saucepan of water for approx 10-15mins until softened. Drain add to a bowl along with the parmesan and a pinch of salt and black pepper and roughly mash (don't over mash, as it should still have some chunks of cauliflowr.
  2. Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with some spra oil 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 Worcestershire sauce. In a small bowl mix the tapioca 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.
  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 and then scatter the mozzarella over the top.
  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!!
Slimming Eats Cheesy Cauliflower Topped Pie - gluten free, vegetarian, Slimming World (SP) and Weight Watchers friendly
The recipe above has been calculated for Slimming World, however for those of you following the Weight Watchers plan or another calorie controlled type diet. Below is the approx. nutritional information:


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Slimming Eats Cheesy Cauliflower Topped Pie - gluten free, vegetarian, Slimming World (SP) and Weight Watchers friendly

  • Lisa Evrae

    Ooh brilliant! I never thought of using cauli as a topping instead of spuds. Well done, will be making this.

  • admin

    I have been doing some red days for a change, so have been thinking of things to substitute the usual carbs ;). It was really tasty, I actually preferred it to potato topped shepherds pie.

  • Have you tried a mixture of mashed carrots and swede (rutabaga) as a sub for potatoes as well?

    Just really delish.

  • admin

    yeah I love carrot and suede mash, is yummy baked in the oven as a dish on it’s own with grated cheese on top.

  • That’s a great idea – cauliflower on top! Yum!

    Now, if only I could get hubby to eat cauliflower 😉

  • admin

    haha don’t tell him. Mash it all up and pretend it is potatoes 😛

  • Lisa Evrae

    I have got my cauli in and will be making this in a few days. Ooh a topping for a fish pie too!!!

  • My bf loves shepards pie with potato but I think that maybe I can get away with this cheesy cauliflower dish!! I’ve been trying to impliment more veggies in our dinners and I think this is a great idea and recipe! Thanks

  • Lisa Evrae

    Thats what I think too, my hubby has only recently began eating veg, he does like cottage pie but never eats cauliflower. Oh well, its on the menu for tomorrow so I will let you know if its a hit with him x

  • Angela

    Hi what is onion salt? where do you get it from? please

  • admin

    It is onion powder (not salt) you get it where all the jars of herbs are. 🙂

  • Hi there, this may be a reeeeally stupid question but what is a ‘sweet’ onion, i only know red or white onions – please can you tell me what sort im meant to be getting – many thanks x

  • slimadmin

    they are just a larger onion and have a sweeter taste to them – If you cant buy these, you can just use regular onions.