Mom’s Shepard’s Pie for #SundaySupper

When I think Retro I think of the 70’s for some reason. The bell bottom pants, the ugly green and orange kitchens, record players and fluffy carpeting. I wanted to bring my Mom’s Shepard’s Pie to this weeks Sunday Supper table because it’s unique in its own way. Of course I had to make it a little healthier but trust me when I say this dish is pact with carbs! However sometimes you just need a good old fashion comfort dish straight from Mom’s kitchen. I grew up eating Shepard’s Pie from my Dad’s side of the family. My dad was French. My mom always liked cooking that nice, warm, comforting dish for my Dad so carrying over my late grandmother’s recipe was a must!

Mom’s Shepard’s Pie has a secret ingredient that most people don’t put in their own recipes. It’s odd, when I tell what it is your going to scrunch up your nose and say “huh”. Or maybe it’s just me because I’m carb worthy when it comes to my dinners. Meaning I try and keep my carbs down by offering a more healthier choice like rice or beans vs. the pasta or potatoes I’d really like to have. I probably only make mashed potatoes maybe 3-5 times a year, though I love a good baked potato! So would you say “huh” if I told you the layers in our family Shepard’s Pie is ground meat, corn, spaghetti, mashed potato topped with fresh bread crumbs and butter? Does it sound strange to you? I honestly know it no other way however when I met my husband (who is also very French mind you) I wanted to cut the carbs and add a bit of his family tradition to it so I cut out the spaghetti and add a half a can of poutine sauce over the ground meat because it’s like adding a nice gravy to it.

There are so many versions of Shepard’s Pie and I love seeing other people’s recipes. You can also check out my Easy Vegetable Shepard’s Pie. Vegetarian worthy! Oh and because this theme was so popular and fun last year we had to bring it back around the family table again. Check out Mem’s Broccoli Casserole that I made the last time we went Retro! Of course I made it in her casserole dish! A special thank you to Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks for hosting this weekend!

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Mom's Shepard's Pie is a warm and comforting dish that will take anyone back to their childhood with one bite! Enjoy the secret ingredient in this homemade dish that comes from my late grandmother.
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pd. ground chicken (pork, turkey or sirloin)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. of italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. of onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ cups of frozen corn, thawed
  • ¾ cups of frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 oz of spaghetti
  • 2 cups of mashed potatoes (we use red)
  • 8 ritz crackers
  • 4 tbsp. of light canola butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Boil and cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Add ground chicken to a skillet set to medium heat. Break up the meat browning it a bit. Add the minced garlic, onion powder, italian seasoning, salt and pepper and cook until meat is cooked through. Roughly 8-10 minutes.
  3. Pour the ground meat into a casserole dish. Add half of the corn on top of the ground meat, add the peas to the other half.
  4. Top with the cooked spaghetti. Spread the mashed potatoes on top of the spaghetti.
  5. Add the crackers to a plastic bag and crush with your hands or a rolling pin. Sprinkle on top of the potatoes. Add the butter in dollops on top of the crumbs. Cover and cook for 40 minutes.
  6. Set the oven to broil. Remove cover and allow the top to crust. Only 5 minutes, keep an eye on it!
  7. Let the pie sit for 5 minutes. Slice, serve and enjoy!

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My daughter loved the mashed potato coating on her pasta, but of course that’s all she ate. My son wouldn’t even eat a bite and me and my husband, well it’s a family classic, their was two pieces left! Something about that spaghetti! Lets go and see what the other Sunday Supper tastemakers cooked up Retro Style!

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16 thoughts on “Mom’s Shepard’s Pie for #SundaySupper

  1. I always think of the 50’s and 60’s for retro. I haven’t seen spaghetti in shepards pie before. What an interesting twist and layer in it.

  2. So many variations on shepherd’s pie… this looks like a great one. My husband is a real meat and potatoes kind of guy so this will go over well here!

  3. What a fun recipe ingredient twist! Love your version of one of my favorite things… shepherd’s pie!

  4. Love your retro baking dish! My mom had similar mixing bowls. We love shepherd’s pie—but I’ve never, ever seen it with spaghetti! My carb loving family would approve 🙂

  5. I am very confused and intrigued by this idea of having spaghetti in shepards pie. Very unusual. My English hubby is not convinced but I would totally try it.

    1. I am still confused Laura! I have no idea why but apparently it’s the way my grandmother made it lol!

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