Shepherd’s Pie

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Shepherd’s Pie

Prep: 25 minutes plus standing
Bake: 20 minutes • Serves: 8

Nonstick cooking spray
2pounds extra lean ground beef
3garlic cloves
5tablespoons all-purpose flour
3tablespoons tomato paste
1-1/2teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1teaspoon salt
1-1/2teaspoons ground black pepper
1cup less-sodium beef broth
1package (8 ounces) sliced white mushrooms
1medium onion, diced
2-1/2cups frozen peas and carrots
1container (24 ounces) prepared mashed potatoes

1.Preheat oven to 425°. Spray 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In large nonstick skillet, cook beef and garlic over medium-high heat 7 to 8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, stirring frequently. Stir in 3 tablespoons flour, tomato paste, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Reserve 2 tablespoons broth; stir remaining broth into skillet. Heat to simmering and cook 2 minutes. Spread beef mixture evenly in bottom of prepared dish.

2.In same skillet, cook mushrooms, onion, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes or until onion and mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally. Fold in peas and carrots and remaining 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons broth. Spread vegetable mixture evenly over beef mixture.

3.In medium microwave-safe bowl, heat potatoes in microwave oven on high 1 minute to soften. Stir potatoes; spread evenly over vegetable mixture.

4.Bake pie 20 to 25 minutes or until sides begin to bubble. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 329 Calories, 17g Fat (6g Saturated), 60mg Cholesterol, 662mg Sodium, 24g Carbohydrates, 4g Fiber, 21g Protein

Chef Tip:
> To brown top of finished pie, place oven rack about 8 inches from source of heat and preheat broiler. Lightly spray mashed potato topping with butter flavored cooking spray and heat under broiler 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned.