This is a really easy meal that you can prep the day (or two) before and pop it in the oven when you get home. I usually defrost about a pound and a half of ground beef and make something like tacos with part of it and Shepard’s Pie with the other part. I’ve even gotten away with 1/2 pound of ground beef in this recipe. Or, you could make a double batch of the meat mixture and freeze for later but do not freeze mashed potato, it doesn’t fare well.
Adapted from Simply Recipes
* 1 lb of ground beef, or a little less if you do what I do above.
* 1 onion chopped
* 2 cups vegetables – chopped carrots, corn, peas, green beans… whatever you have.
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1/2 cup beef broth
* 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
* 2 – 3 cups or so of mashed potatoes, I cheat and use instant (ssshhh). You could make it from scratch and you’ll need about 4 potatoes depending on their size.
* Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice
Cook the ground beef and drain the fat off, set aside. In the same pan melt your butter and saute your onions until tender. Add back the ground beef and stir in the vegetables. If you are using carrots add them when you start the onions, any other veggies are added after the onions are cooked. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes, longer if carrots need to cook more.
Transfer meat mixture to a baking dish and top with mashed potatoes. Cook in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes and then turn the broiler on for 3-5 minutes to brown the potatoes.
Serves 4 – 6 generous portions.