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Shepherd’s Pie

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

Schnucks nonstick cooking spray
2 pounds extra lean ground beef
3 garlic cloves, chopped
5 tablespoons Schnucks all-purpose flour, divided
3 tablespoons Schnucks tomato paste
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
1-3/4 cups beef broth, divided
1 package (10 ounces) sliced white mushrooms
1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2-1/2 cups Schnucks frozen peas and carrots
2-2/3 cups unprepared Idahoan original instant mashed potatoes to serve 8*

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. In nonstick 12-inch skillet, add beef and garlic and cook over medium-high heat 7 to 8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up meat with side of spoon. Stir in 3 tablespoons flour, tomato paste, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; stir in 1 cup broth. Cook until mixture is heated through. Spread beef mixture evenly in bottom of prepared pan.

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

3. In same skillet, prepare potatoes as label directs. Dollop potatoes over vegetable mixture, then spread evenly. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until sides begin to bubble. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Each serving: about 405 calories, 17 g total fat
(9 g saturated), 90 mg cholesterol, 1005 mg sodium,
33 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 31 g protein

*Editor’s Note

You will need 2-2/3 cups water, 1-1/3 cups milk, 4 tablespoons butter or margarine and 1 teaspoon salt to prepare potatoes.

Cook’s Wisdom

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.