Mini Shepherd's Pies
Recipe from EatingWell

In EatingWell's take on Shepherd's Pie, we replace the potato topping with convenient, delicious frozen squash puree. And they're baked in individual ramekins to guarantee perfectly sized servings and help you get it on the table fast.



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

Directions
1.
Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
2.
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, flour and tomato paste, 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.
3.
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.
4.
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.
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Equipment: Four 10-ounce broiler-safe ramekins
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 336, Fat, total (g) 13, chol. (mg) 70, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 26, Monosaturated fat (g) 3, fiber (g) 5, pro. (g) 29, vit. A (IU) 8503, vit. C (mg) 30, sodium (mg) 708, Potassium (mg) 421, calcium (mg) 151, Vegetables () 1, Starch () 1, Lean Meat () 2, Fat () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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