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Cottage Pie

Down here, when the temperatures dip below 90*, we think fall sweaters and hot cocoa are just around the corner so it must be time to turn the ovens back on. During the humidity of June-August, I rarely turn on the oven. But I have missed hot roasted meals and vegetables. I’m also enjoying as much comfort foods as I can find. Cooking Light had the right idea with this Cottage Pie that combines meat, vegetables, and mashed potatoes. It doesn’t get much more comfortable than that!

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Cottage Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (I use Gluten-free flour)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 (8-ounce) package button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp white cheddar cheese, divided
  • Paprika (optional)
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    1. Preheat oven to 350°.
    2. Combine flour and butter; stir well.
    3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and carrot; sauté 5 minutes. Add mushrooms; sauté for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
    4. Remove vegetables from skillet. Add beef to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble.
    5. Stir in tomato paste, and cook 3 minutes. Stir in broth and pepper. Return vegetables to pan, and bring to a simmer. Stir in parsley, thyme, and salt. Add flour mixture, and cook for 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly.
    6. Spoon meat mixture into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray, spreading evenly. Combine the potatoes and half of cheese; spread the potato mixture evenly over meat mixture. Top with remaining cheese. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
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