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Shepherd's Pie

shepherd's pie Entree
Shepherd's Pie
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 6

Wondering how to make a traditional shepherd’s pie? Our version of this classic comfort food is made with garlic mashed potatoes and flavorful ground beef. It's so easy, it practically makes itself. MORE+ LESS-

October 29, 2018
Progresso Broth
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Progresso Broth

Ingredients

1 1/2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2
cup chopped onion
1
bag (12 oz) frozen mixed vegetables
1/4
cup Muir Glen™ organic tomato paste (from 4-oz can)
1
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground pepper
1 1/2
cups Progresso™ beef flavored broth (from 32-oz carton)
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
1
package (24 oz) refrigerated garlic mashed potatoes

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 2 1/2-quart round or oval baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 3
    Reduce heat to medium. Add frozen mixed vegetables, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly heated.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix broth and flour with whisk until well blended. Add broth mixture to beef mixture. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Spoon beef mixture into baking dish.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, cook mashed potatoes as directed on package. Spread evenly over beef mixture.
  • 6
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.

Expert Tips

  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz) onto mashed potatoes before baking for a cheesy topped Shepherd's Pie.
  • A main-dish pie is a great way to use leftovers, take advantage of cooked broccoli, green beans, carrots, or other veggies you have stashed in the fridge in place of frozen vegs.
  • Ground beef is the usual, budget-friendly go-to for weeknight meals, but stock up on other ground meats when they’re on sale. Ground turkey or chicken, or a mixtures of ground pork or sausage (a bulk mild or spicy Italian sausage would be great here) all cook up beautifully in a meat pie.
  • Refrigerated mashed potatoes are terrifically easy, but so are mashed potato flakes. Use a roasted garlic flavored or stir some sharp cheddar cheese into the potatoes before spreading them over the casserole.
  • If you aren’t sure about the volume (how much the dish will hold) of your casserole dish, pour in measured amounts of water to be sure you won’t overflow it with the pie filling.
  • All the ingredients are fully cooked before layering them together in the baking dish, so you’re just heating them up until hot and aromatic.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
350
Calories from Fat
170
% Daily Value
Total Fat
18g
28%
Saturated Fat
8g
40%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
85mg
28%
Sodium
860mg
36%
Potassium
320mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
21g
7%
Dietary Fiber
3g
13%
Sugars
5g
Protein
24g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Whether you call it shepherd’s pie or cottage pie, it will take just one taste to call this recipe “delicious.” While it seems like a super-trendy new dish, shepherd's pie has long been a go-to comfort food in the British Isles. Streamline your own version by using refrigerated garlic mashed potatoes and frozen mixed vegetables, then add any leftover proteins or veggies you happen to have. Check out your fridge, freezer and pantry for whatever is on hand, and it will probably find a happy home in your dish. Use a variety of leftover mixed vegetables like carrots, corn, onions. Sub out the ground beef for cooked chicken, ground turkey or meat substitute. Looking for more creative recipes for mashed potatoes? Cooking with potatoes is not only fun and easy, but the “blank canvas” for the tender spuds allows you maximum creativity and inspiration. Looking for more creative recipes for mashed potatoes? Check out all of our delicious side dishes, dinners and more.
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