Light & Easy Shepherd’s Pie

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  • By Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN on
  • May 6th, 2014

Light & Easy Shepherd’s Pie
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Light & Easy Shepherd’s Pie is a healthier twist on the classic meat and potato dish. This meal is a fantastic comfort food recipe and it’s very simple to make. Have the man in your life make it for you on Mother’s Day. Or you can make it ahead by prepping the meat and potatoes. When you’re ready to actually eat the Shepherd’s Pie, simply put it in the oven and you’ve got a complete meal in no time with veggies in it, too!
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • Cooking spray (I prefer using a Misto filled with my own oil)
  • 1 pound 96% fat free ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 carrots
  • ½ cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Russet Potatoes, sliced into big chunks
  • ½ cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup fat free cottage cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° Bake. You can make the potatoes while preparing the beef.

  2. Start to boil the water for the potatoes.

  3. Click HERE for the mashed potato recipe.

  4. Chop the onion. Spray a large frying pan with cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook the onion for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add the beef and cook for another 5 minutes until the beef is browned.

  6. Chop the carrot and add to the pan. Cook for 1 minute.

  7. Add the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and let cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  8. Finish making the mashed potatoes.

  9. Using a 9 x 13 glass Pyrex, layer the meat into the bottom.

  10. Next layer the mashed potatoes. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

  11. ***TIP: you can pre-make this meal and just skip the final oven part. When you are ready to eat the Shepherd’s Pie, turn on the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1½ cups Calories: 211.1 Fat: 4 Saturated fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 24.1 Sugar: 5.3 Sodium: 116.2 Fiber: 2.41 Protein: 19.8 Cholesterol: 38.7


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17 responses to “Light & Easy Shepherd’s Pie”

  1. Pam says:

    This looks delicious!! I’m going to try it out! I also love that you can make it ahead and then throw it in the oven when you are ready. 🙂

    • Sarah Koszyk, RD, MA says:

      Thank you Pam! I also enjoy make-ahead dishes. It’s so much easier when you come home tired from work and food is already prepped and you just need to heat and eat 🙂

  2. Stacey says:

    Yum – your pictures always make my mouth start to water! If only you could ship some of your delicious dishes my way…keep rocking it in the kitchen Sarah!

    • Sarah Koszyk, RD, MA says:

      LOL! Yes Stacey: That should be my next business venture: meal delivery! Thanks for all your love!

  3. Beth says:

    That looks like something my family would love. Bookmarked!

  4. Melissa says:

    This looks great! Feels like good ole fashion comfort food everyone will enjoy in my family. Good work!

    • Sarah Koszyk, RD, MA says:

      Thank you Melissa: Yes: I’m a HUGE fan of comfort food…so whenever I can tweak it to make it healthier, I’m all over it.

  5. Susan Seale says:

    Hi Sarah, I had completely forgotten about Shepherd’s Pie! Now I want some and I LOVE your picture recipe guide…wow! It makes it so easy to remember what goes first:)

  6. Melanie says:

    Looks delish! Such a yummy comfort food!

  7. Elise says:

    Sarah, I love how you give the step-by-step photos! A lot of people shy away from recipes because they don’t consider themselves cooks, but you really make it so easy to follow with all your delicious dishes!

    • Sarah Koszyk, RD, MA says:

      Thank you Elise! I’m a self taught cook so I want to let everyone know how easy making masterpieces can be 🙂

  8. Brenda says:

    #1- I love comfort food and therefore always loved shepherd’s pie.
    #2 – However, I’m 44 and have to watch what I eat. This is a perfect compromise for me!
    #3 – Will definitely try this!

    • Sarah Koszyk, RD, MA says:

      Awesome Brenda! I completely agree about having to watch what I eat. I love comfort food, too, but it definitely doesn’t agree with my waistline. So I do my best to tweak my favorite recipes so I can enjoy myself guilt-free. Buen Provecho! Enjoy!

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