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Shepherd's pie is a dish with origins in the United Kingdom. Typically made with beef, this revamped dish combines vegetables with veggie-based ground beef-style crumbles. Top it with mashed potatoes and bake it for an all-in-one dish. Very similar to a casserole, easy, meatless shepherd's pie is a perfect option to serve on a chilly evening.
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10 ounces mixed frozen veggies (or frozen veggies of your choice)
6 servings instant mashed potatoes, prepared
3 ounces tomato paste
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Add the olive oil to a saute pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions, turn the heat down slightly and cook until they begin to soften.
Add the garlic, crumbles, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and about one-half cup of water. Add the dried herbs. Mix well and cook for about three minutes, allowing some of the liquid to become absorbed.
Once most of the liquid has absorbed, turn off the heat, add the frozen vegetables, mix well to incorporate and set aside.
Prepare six servings of instant mashed potatoes.
Spray a baking dish with the nonstick cooking spray. Add the crumble and veggie mixture, then spread the prepared mashed potatoes over the top of them, evenly.
Sprinkle the top of the potatoes with the Parmesan cheese.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes. The juice from the inside should begin to bubble up when it is finished. Set the oven to broil, just for about a minute, until the potatoes brown just slightly.