Italian Shepherd’s Pie aka Pastore Pasticcio

recipes for kids dinner    Italian Shepherd’s Pie aka Pastore Pasticcio

I can’t believe it!  What a great day!  I’ve been tickled!

Holly over there at 504 Main has chosen me for the amazing honor to kick off her awesome Tickled Pink!

I’m thrilled, I’m touched, I’m quite simply…


Thanks, Holly I love ya girl.

You’ve got to to check out her blog, she rocks!

So this is a recipe that tickles me, you’ve seen it before, but it’s a winner….

If you’ve been following along you know that I am a sucker for a good shepherd’s pie, or cottage pie as my mum (you know she’s a Brit right?) would insist as it’s only a shepherd’s pie if it’s ground lamb, yadda yadda yadda.  Anyway, I’m flipping through this magazine that someone left at my house, it had food on the cover so you know I’m gonna read it, and this guy had made an italian sausage version of one of my fave pies.  Well his was sort of boring so I took it on, embellished it a bit and came up with this all new amazing dish! You’re going to love it.

recipes for kids dinner    Italian Shepherd’s Pie aka Pastore Pasticcio

Serves: 8  Prep Time:  20 minutes  Bake time: 1 hour 20 minutes

1 unbaked store bought pie crust

1 lb bulk italian sausage

1/2 lb ground beef

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, diced

1 8 oz can tomato sauce

1 T worcestshire sauce

2 cups leftover mashed potatoes

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1/2 cup cream cheese

2 T melted butter

1/4 cup sour cream

1 T dried oregano, divided

1/2 t dried parsley

1/2 t dried basil

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1/2 t garlic powder


1 cup shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese combined

cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup fresh basil, shredded

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Lay the pie crust into a pie plate and cover with heavy duty tin foil.  Bake at 450 for 7 minutes.  Remove from oven, remove foil and set aside.  Reduce the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium skillet, brown the sausage and beef over medium high heat.  When browned, add in your onions, garlic, and 1/2 T oregano.  Allow the onions to soften, about 5-7 minutes.  Stir in worcestshire sauce, tomato sauce, and season with S&P.  Allow to simmer on low while you prepare the potatoes.

In a large bowl combine potato with egg, cream cheese, cottage cheese, melted butter, sour cream, oregano, parsley, basil, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese.  Season with S&P.

Transfer the sausage mixture into the bottom of the pie crust.  Top with potato mixture.  Bake at 375 for 50 minutes.  Remove and sprinkle with cheese and return to oven for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Arrange tomatoes around the sides of the pie and add basil to the middle.  Serve with salad.  It’s for kids dinner    Italian Shepherd’s Pie aka Pastore Pasticcio

I saw a version of this in a magazine and thought, what a great idea. I embellished it a bit and came up with this amazing dish! You’re going to love it!

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  1. I just made shepherd’s pie 2 nights ago, but i didn’t put it in a pie crust, maybe i’ll do that next time, sounds good and who doesn’t like pie crust?!? anne

  2. Wonderful comfort food. I could go for some right now. The type of food that makes you feel warm inside. And full. Cheers!

  3. Another yummy looking recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    I left you an award on my blog so if you get a second swing by & check it out!

  4. Oh yummy!! Thanks!!

  5. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest..enjoy the sun today!!

  6. Looks yummy! Thanks for stopping by Theta Mom!

  7. I would strongly recommend the Drunken Goat Cheese. Whole foods does carry it. The rind is amazing because it has this wonderful red wine flavor. If you have a microplane grater…finely grate your favorite nut over the cheese for enhanced nutty goodness. Look forward to all your future posts on this wonderful blog.

  8. This really sounds wonderful. Shepherds pie is a favorite of mine. I don’t know why I don’t make it more often. I really like your blog. I’ll be back more often to see what you’ve been cookin’ up. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the weekend. Blessings…Mary

  9. This sounds awesome! I’m stopping by from Sits! Great blog!!!

  10. Delicious!!

  11. My husband’s not a big shepherds pie fan, but I bet he would like this one; it looks delicious!

  12. Looks fantastic and something my kids would eat.

  13. Awesome recipe…boy do I hear every night Ma what’s for dinner!~ I need some new recipes too….thanks for following, doing the same back:) Have a great weekend. Debbie

  14. I am TICKLED PINK you already stopped by my place and so I had to come right back over here! I think I love you already—because there are no bell peppers in this recipe (I loathe bell peppers and it seems like most shepherd’s pie recipes call for them) and because you didn’t make your own pie crust! I am terrible at pie crusts, cannot make them to save my life.

    ANyway, I’m your newest follower and thanks so much for coming by my place!! Happy Friday!

  15. That sounds yummy and looks beautiful!

  16. Thanks for the visit and comments! That looks so yummy, and I would never take the time to make the presentation so good. I think I could easily sell my kids on eating that.

  17. Oh wow! I love it! Looks so delicious!! Thanks for sharing :)

  18. congrats on the feature! And Ive never had, let alone made cottage pie. But it looks like you put in some yummy combos. So I will have to make this one thanks!

    Whats your top 5 yummiest recipes?

  19. did you ever get the card i sent to your email….not sure if i have your correct email, i would just respond back to you from mine (cause my comments go straight to my email too), but it’s one of your recipes that i made into a card recently and i wanted you to have! let me know!

    feel free to be the first to buy some at my etsy store! :) i have many people looking, but noone buying. i think they’re afraid to be the first, and i have no feedback from others to show??
    thanks for the compliment!

  20. Hey Alex, this sounds great! Very rich, and I mean that in the Spanish sense. Que Rico! This actually gives me an idea…

  21. Ooh, and congrats on the award. You should get one just based on this pretty pie!

  22. Yum you always make the best looking food!

  23. congrats on making Tickled Pink! That’s awesome!

    Your shepherds pie looks delicious. I love pretty much any food that includes sausage. Your presentation is beautiful as well. Good work!

  24. Wow, that almost looks too pretty to eat. Yumm!

  25. My kids will love this. It looks so pretty too!

  26. looks amazing!!! Can you come to NC and cook it for me? (LOL) Happy FRiday!

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