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Lightened-Up Shepherd’s Pie

Lightened-Up Shepherd's Pie
PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
1h 15 min
YIELDS
6 servings

Lean ground beef keeps the fat and calories low here. Cauliflower is mashed with the potatoes to keep carbs down, but still results in a creamy mash. Scallions add a pop of fresh flavor to the topping and tomato paste gives the filling a rich depth of flavor.

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Ingredients

1
lb(s) all-purpose potatoes, peeled and quartered
1
medium head cauliflower (about 2 lbs), cored and cut into 1-inch florets
1
bunch scallions, finely chopped
1 ¼
cups low-sodium chicken broth
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1
lb(s) lean ground beef
1
tsp extra-virgin olive oil
3
carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into thin half-moons
3
cloves garlic, finely chopped
2
stalks celery, finely chopped
2
medium onions, finely chopped
2
Tbsp all-purpose flour
2
Tbsp tomato paste
2
Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1
(10-oz) package frozen peas, thawed
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Directions

Step 1

Prepare the topping: Put the potatoes and turnips in a large pot and cover with cold water; season with salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 25 minutes; drain, reserving the pot.

Step 2

Meanwhile, make the filling: Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes.Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the fat; add the beef to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 4 minutes. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms, thyme and tomato paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until incorporated, about 3 minutes.

Step 3

Stir the flour into the vegetables until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, Worcestershire sauce, 3/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook until slightly thickened, about 3 more minutes. Stir in the parsley.

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Finish the topping: Combine the butter and milk in the reserved pot and cook over medium heat until the butter is melted. Return the potatoes and turnips to the pot and mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the parmesan and chives and season with salt and pepper.

Step 5

Transfer the filling to a 2 1/2-quart baking dish and cover with the topping, spreading evenly. Bake until the topping is golden, about 35 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes before serving.

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