Squash-Topped Cottage Pies

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 40m

4 servings

Very similar to Shepherd’s Pie, Cottage Pie is made with beef instead of lamb. Our version—baked in individual ramekins to help you get it on the table fast—replaces the potato topping with convenient, delicious frozen squash puree.

ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 12 ounces 93% lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 6 ounces baby spinach, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) frounceen winter squash puree, thawed
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

directions

Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, stir in beef, tomato paste and flour, and cook, stirring, until the beef is mostly browned, about 3 minutes. Add broth, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broth is the consistency of thick gravy, about 4 minutes. Stir in spinach, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder; cook until the spinach is just wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

Place squash in a fine-mesh sieve and gently press on it to extract excess liquid. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Divide the meat mixture among four 10-ounce broiler-safe ramekins. Top each with about 1/2 cup of the squash. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet. Broil until heated through and bubbling around the edges, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and broil until it is just melted, about 3 minutes more.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7857

nutrition information per serving

283 calories; 10g total fat; 4g total saturated fat; 53mg cholesterol; 674mg sodium; 26g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 22g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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