Pork, Portobello, and Mashed Roots Shepherd's Pie


Classic Shepherd's Pie is topped with mashed potatoes, but our modern version mixes in rutabaga, parsnips and carrots, too.

Pork, Portobello, and Mashed Roots Shepherd's Pie
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
35 mins
Slow Cook Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 35 mins


  • 1 ½ pound lean ground pork

  • 6 cup stemmed and chopped fresh portobello mushrooms (16 ounces)

  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ¼ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup sliced celery (2 stalks)

  • 1 cup chopped carrots (2 medium)

  • 3 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca

  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cup peeled and chopped rutabaga

  • 1 cup peeled and chopped potato (1 medium)

  • 1 cup peeled and chopped parsnips (2 medium)

  • 1 cup chopped carrots (2 medium)

  • ¼ cup low-fat milk or unsweetened nondairy milk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • Snipped fresh chives


  1. In a 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven cook ground pork, mushrooms, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is brown and mushrooms are tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.

  2. In a 4-quart slow cooker combine meat mixture, broth, celery, 1 cup carrots, tapioca, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

  3. About 1 hour before serving, in a covered large saucepan cook rutabaga, potato, parsnips, and 1 cup carrots in enough boiling water to cover for 25 to 30 minutes or until vegetables are very tender; drain. Return vegetables to hot pan. Mash vegetables with a potato masher. Stir in milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  4. If using low-heat setting, turn cooker to high-heat setting. Stir frozen peas into mixture in cooker; spoon the mashed vegetable mixture evenly over mixture. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more. Before serving, sprinkle with chives.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

405 Calories
19g Fat
34g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 405
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 713mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 30.7mg 154%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 1259mg 27%
Folate, total 87.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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