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Gardener’s Pie


This is the kind of meal you want to eat during the winter. It’s warm and hearty and the perfect thing to ward off cold (and bipolar, crazy Illinois) winters. But prepare yourself to make a mess in the kitchen. This gardener’s pie recipe needs you whole attention until it gets in the oven, so don’t think you can wash dishes in between steps! This is a 2 part dish, the mashed potatoes and the filling.

Mashed Potatoes
If you already have a favorite mashed potato recipe, use that! If not here is what I used.

1 1/2 pounds potatoes, cut in 1/2 inch pieces (about 4-5 large potatoes.. see picture, this ended up making way more potatoes then I needed)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 stick butter
Garlic, minced (at least 5 cloves)
Salt and pepper to taste


2 tbsp oil
1 cup onion, chopped
2 large peppers, chopped
1 1/4 cup carrots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp all purpose flour
4 tbsp tomato paste (or more if you want it more saucy!)
1 cup vegetable broth (if you add more like me, it doesn’t hurt)
2 tsp rosemary, I used dried and crush it with a mortar and pestle
1 tsp thyme, I used dried and crush it with a mortar and pestle
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup frozen corn, or canned
1/2 cup frozen peas


First, start by making the mashed potatoes. Place the potatoes in a large pot and bring to a boil. Boil until the potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes or check with a fork. Then drain the potatoes and return to original pot.

Mash the potatoes, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just break up the pieces. Then add the butter, milk, garlic, and salt & pepper. After the butter has melted enough, continue to mash or whip the potatoes with a mixer, until they are fluffy and smooth. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Now onto the filling.

Heat the oil in a large skillet pan. Add the onion, pepper, and carrots (and any additional vegetables you want to add) and cook/stir for 3-4 minutes. Next add the garlic, salt, & pepper. Continue to stir.

Stir in the tomato paste and flour. Add the vegetable broth and throw in the rosemary and thyme. Bring the mixture to a boil.


Then add the kidney beans, corn and peas. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally to prevent burning.


After the 10 minutes are up, spread the vegetable mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9 X 13 inch pan (or 11 X 7 works too).


Top the vegetable mixture with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up, and smooth the potatoes with a rubber spatula. I usually get bubbles.. maybe I need to work on sealing the veggies better.


Put the pan on a baking sheet (easier to handle since the pan is heavy with goodness) and bake for 25 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown.

Here’s the mess it made..


But here’s the final product!


Adapted from Ezra Pound Cake

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  1. Almost too pretty to eat. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing. I love your blog. I am now following you o n your FB page too.

  2. Beth… this looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Foodie friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday… Following you on bloglovin now.

  3. Beth-
    This looks delicious and a perfect twist on Shepards pie. Anything with mashed potatoes in this potato farming household is a must try. Thank you for sharing and linking up to Pinteresting Friday at Giveaway Blogdom.

  4. Stopping by from Freedom Fridays. I think this is well worth the mess!

  5. Love comfort food…I like the addition of the beans to substitute the beef on the traditional Shepards Pie! Good Vegetarian alternative! Pinning…Hopped over here through Debbidoo’s PPP

  6. this looks yummy! I’m always looking for ideas like this to go meat-less! can’t wait to try it!
    found you and pinning this from the fox hollow party :)

  7. It looks wonderful and super delicious
    I’d loooooooooove to eat it :)

  8. ooo yum. I’ll have to add this into our winter rotation. My hubby loves mashed potatoes!

  9. Oh, wow! This look delicious. I would love for you to come over to my blog hop and share this there!

  10. Yummy sounding pie Beth! And thanks for the follows – will return the favour! :)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  11. Looks delicious and healthy too! Thanks for sharing! –Katie

  12. Oh my, meal looks wonderful!!! Haha, if others only know what my kitchen looks like behind the food photos, too. It’s well worth it!

  13. This looks so good, I love meals like this! Thanks for sharing Beth.

  14. Okay I know I’d have seconds of this yumminess. Hopping over from Round Tuit Hugs!

  15. Saw your post on Countrified Hicks Blog Hop. Reading it and seeing the photos makes me hungry. Thanks for sharing. My post is #54.

  16. I’d been looking for a vegetarian shepherd’s pie so this is perfect! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  17. Love this idea! Totally pinning… can’t believe I didn’t think of it! I love Shepherd’s Pie but it’s usually too much meat for me. :)

  18. Wow, what a good looking dish! With all of those ingredients, it sounds hearty enough that even my meat-crazy men wouldn’t notice that it’s vegetarian. I must make this!

    Found you via Flour Me With Love, but I’d like to invite you to join my How To Tuesday Link Party, too. http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-7/

  19. That looks so good! I’m not great at eating my veggies, so this could really help me :) Thanks for sharing at my link party!


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  21. This looks really good! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  22. This reminds me of Shepard’s Pie, which I LOVE! How fun!

  23. looks fabulous! thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

  24. This Gardeners Pie looks so delicious! Definitely gonna try it :)

    Thanks for sharing at last weekends link party!

  25. Thank you for linking up your awesome project! We’ve already got our next Showcase up, so come stop by and link up another project!

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  26. Looks delicious!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  27. This sounds delicious and hearty, Beth! Thank you for sharing at last week’s week’s All My Bloggy Friends :)

  28. I am new to your blog and I am enjoying it. I am featuring a link up this weekend just for casseroles and I would be delighted if you added this recipe. I hope you are having a great weekend. -Savannah http://hammocktracks.com/savannahs-savory-bites/grandmas-beef-and-cheese-goulash/

  29. wow, beautiful dish! thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes, this week we’ll have a St Patrick’s day party and feature green dishes, hope you’ll come!

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