Shortcut Greek Shepherd's Pie

Pasta sauce from a jar and frozen mashed potatoes speed up this meal. Serve with iceberg lettuce wedges drizzled with Greek dressing and sprinkled with chopped plum tomatoes.


Makes 8 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Cook: 20 Minutes
Bake: 25 Minutes


1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (25-ounce) jar pasta sauce with roasted red peppers
3 teaspoons Greek seasoning, divided
1 (20-ounce) package frozen mashed potatoes
1 (4-ounce) package feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Cook ground beef in a large nonstick skillet, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.

Cook zucchini, onion, and garlic in skillet, stirring occasionally, 6 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add ground beef; stir in pasta sauce and 2 1/2 teaspoons Greek seasoning. Cook over low heat 3 to 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Pour beef mixture into a lightly greased 3-quart round baking dish.

Prepare frozen mashed potatoes according to package directions. Stir together mashed potatoes, remaining 1/2 teaspoon Greek seasoning, crumbled feta cheese, lemon rind, and lemon juice. Spoon potato mixture evenly over beef mixture; smooth with back of spoon to cover beef mixture completely.

Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Emeril's Roasted Red Pepper pasta sauce.


Camilla V. Saulsbury, Bloomington, Indiana,

October 2005
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