Cooking on a Budget Easy Shepherds Pie

Cooking on a Budget Easy Shepherds Pie

There’s just something about delicious, warm and bubbly Easy Shepherds Pie on a lovely fall day. Thinking about it makes me want to enjoy a caramel mocha coffee while wearing my favorite turtleneck sweater. I found this Shepherd’s Pie recipe on the TrueAimEducation.com. You just have to try it. The ingredients are just incredibly affordable. You can easily double the dish. Then, simply freeze the dish so your family can enjoy it later. For this Shepherd’s Pie cooking on a budget recipe, you can use ground beef or make it a little lighter using lean, ground turkey; of course, it’s also chock full of veggies that your kids will eat right up!

Easy Homestyle Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Easy Shepherds PieIngredients:

3 c. mashed potatoes

1/2 pound ground turkey or beef

3 carrots, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

1 Tbsp. butter or oil for sauteing (this is optional)

1 medium, zucchini chopped (this is optional)

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

4 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 c. beef or chicken broth, this can be warmed in the microwave

1 tsp. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. thyme

1/4 tsp. steak seasoning (this is optional)

1/2 c. frozen peas

1/2 c. frozen corn

salt and pepper, to taste

1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese

Directions:

Preheat your broiler to low if you are eating the Shepherd’s Pie immediately.  Place a heavy pan with a lid on medium high heat and start cooking the ground meat and carrots.  Cover and cook for 7 minutes, stirring and breaking up the meat occasionally. Add the onions and cook until they are soft; about 5 minutes.  If you are using ground turkey, you might have to add a tablespoon of butter or oil so the onions can caramelize and not stick to the pan. Next, add the zucchini, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste and warmed chicken or beef broth. Mix until combined and add thyme, steak seasoning (optional), salt and pepper.  With the lid off of the pot, cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until the sauce has slightly thickened.

Stir in the frozen veggies and cook until it simmers. Turn of the heat and put your meat sauce in a 11×13 inch pan, top with mashed potatoes and cheese and place under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly.

Tip: If you want to freeze the dish, don’t cook the cheese. Just cover and freeze. When you’re ready to cook the frozen casserole, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cook for 30 minutes (60 minutes if frozen) remove the foil and cook for 10 minutes more or until the cheese is bubbly.

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