• 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
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) of frozen peas
  • 600ml (2.5 cups) of beef broth (stock)
  • 1 tbs of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, tapioca or arrowroot flour (1.5 syns)
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato puree
  • 60g (2oz) of parmesan (2 HEas), grated
  • 60g (2oz) of cheddar (2 HEas), grated
  • salt and black pepper
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • Fresh Italian Parsley


  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!!


This recipe is gluten free, vegetarian, Slimming World and Weight Watcher friendly

  • Slimming World – 1 HEa and 0.5 syns per serving
  • Vegetarian – use a meat replacement
  • WW Flex/Freestyle Smart Points – 8 per serving
  • Gluten Free – use gluten free stock and starch

*suitable for freezing

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