https://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/6056/italian-shepherds-pie

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Italian shepherd's pie or torta del pastore differs from the British version by using sweet potato, basil and parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 3 carrots, chopped

  • 70g button mushrooms, halved

  • 500g minced beef

  • 1 glass dry red wine

  • 500g tinned chopped tomatoes

  • 6 fresh basil leaves

  • 350g sweet potatoes, chopped

  • 350g potatoes, chopped

  • 30g salted butter

  • 50ml full-fat milk

  • 150g freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • Salt and pepper

Method

  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.

  • 2.

    Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion, carrots and mushrooms for 10 minutes until softened.

  • 3.

    Add the minced beef, season with salt and pepper and stir frequently with a wooden spoon for 5 minutes, separating any clumps of meat.

  • 4.

    Add in the wine and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the alcohol has evaporated.

  • 5.

    Add the tomatoes and basil, taste for seasoning and cook, uncovered, over a medium heat for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

  • 6.

    Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until soft. Drain and mash well, adding in the butter, milk and 100g of the Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, then stir vigorously with a wooden spoon over a low heat for 2 minutes to give a creamy texture.

  • 7.

    Pour the meat sauce into your pie dish(es) and carefully spread over the mashed potato, ensuring that the meat is completely covered.

  • 8.

    Use a fork to create small peaks and then sprinkle the remaining Parmesan on top. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes or until the topping is crisp and golden.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

  • Energy 506kj
  • Fat Total 26g
  • Saturated Fat 10g
  • Protein 31g
  • Carbohydrate 33g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Sodium 992mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Posted by Rebecca432Report
Tried this recipe on my family tonight and it went down a treat! Just what was needed on a cold winters night, real comfort food, will definately be making this again.
Posted by Rebecca432Report
Tried this recipe on my family tonight and it went down a treat! Just what you need on a cold winters night, real comfort food, will definately be making this again.
Posted by Rebecca432Report
Tried this recipe on my family tonight and it went down a treat! Just what you need on a cold winters night, real comfort food, will definately be making this again.
Posted by Sheryl15Report
A lovely flavoursome meal , nice twist to the normal shepherds pie.