You just can't beat the convenience of this one-dish meal. I often prepare this pie the night before so that the next day, I can serve my family a satisfying meal in no time.
- 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 1 cup cold water
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled
- 1-1/4 pounds uncooked ground round
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1 can (4 ounces) mushrooms, drained and finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1-1/2 cups frozen peas and carrots
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Combine crumbs and water; let stand for 5 minutes. Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender. Combine meat, onion, celery, tomato sauce, mushrooms, garlic and pepper. Stir in crumb mixture.
- Spread into an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Top with peas and carrots. Drain the potatoes; mash with cheese. Spread over vegetables, sealing to pan. Bake at 375° for 45-60 minutes. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Italian Shepherd's Pie in Country Woman September/October 1995, p36
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