Melt butter in large,
heavy pot. (As always, a Dutch oven is good.) Cook onions, leek, carrots
and celery over low heat until soft, about 15 minutes. While that is cooking,
sauté ground beef with oil in a frying pan, breaking up any large
pieces with a wooden spoon.
When beef has lost its
red color, drain excess fat, and add to vegetables. Pour in chicken broth.
Mix in tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine, and
turn into a baking dish.
Bake in preheated 350°
F oven for 10 minutes.
Put potatoes through
a ricer or a food mill. Stir in milk, butter and grated nutmeg.
Take pie from oven and
stir in peas. Spread the mashed potatoes on top, forming swirls with a
fork. Dot with diced butter bits and return to the oven for another 30
Serves 6 - 8
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