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Squash-Topped Cottage Pies

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  40 Minutes
  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. Make it a Meal: Serve with Romaine, Red Onion & Orange Salad.

Make Ahead Tip: Equipment: Four 10-ounce broiler-safe ramekins
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 12-ounce packages   frozen winter squash puree, thawed
1/3 cup  finely shredded parmesan cheese
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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 © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 10/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 283
Fat. Total: 10g
Protein: 22g
Carbohydrates, Total: 26g
Fat, Saturated: 4g
Fiber: 5g
Cholesterol: 53mg
Sodium: 674mg
% Cal. from Fat: 32%
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Rating: 5
by: Mike Reviewed: 11/20/2011
Delicious and easy!
It was so easy to make and both my 1-1/2 and 3 year olds had multiple helpings. This will easily make our regular list of go to meals.
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