Contadino’s Pie: A Farmer’s Market Recipe

The Geeks partner up with Phoenix Public Market to bring you their Italian style Shepherd's Pie, Contadino's Pie! #recipe #Italian #sponsoredAs promised, today we are sharing our first recipe in partnership with Phoenix Public Market, Contadino’s Pie! Each month we will share a recipe that utilizes ingredients primarily found at the farmer’s market. Recipes may also use ingredients commonly found at home (ie: milk, salt, flour, etc.). We have found that having a recipe in hand helps when shopping helps immensely (for more tips, take a peek at our Farmer’s Market Survival Guide).

For this recipe, we wanted to feature The Proper Beast‘s Sweet Italian Sausage. We really love their products and thought they would be perfect. With fall coming, we also wanted to make a recipe that was a bit heartier and great for cooler weather. With the lovely potatoes we found and all of the other veggies available, we decided to do an Italian style Shepherd’s Pie. The name Contadino’s Pie comes into play because a contadino is an Italian farmer.

We hope you enjoyed our first recipe, Contadino’s Pie! We can’t wait to create more recipes for the Phoenix Public Market. Here is where you come in though. We need to know what ingredients you want to see! Do you want more side dishes, main dishes, or something entirely different? We want to help you and this is how you can make that happen! Let us know in the comments below or using the hash tag #GeekEats!

Contadino’s Pie: A Farmer’s Market Recipe


    Potato Topping
  • 3 large Russet Potatoes; washed and peeled
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Butter/Margarine
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
    For Filling
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 large Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 small Red Pepper
  • 1 lb ground Sweet Italian Sausage (We used sausage from The Proper Beast)
  • 3 large tomatoes (should make 1 cup of puree once grated)
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 6 large Basil Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Minced Parsley


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    For Potatoes
  • Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Place in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water.
  • Place on high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, bring heat to a simmer.
  • Cook until tender.
  • Drain and return to pot.
  • Add milk, butter, salt, and pepper. Mash.
  • Set aside.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling.
    For Filling:
  • Using a cheese grater, grate tomatoes into a bowl. This will create about a cup a pulpy liquid. Set aside.
  • Place the olive oil into a large saute pan and set over medium high heat.
  • Once the oil is heated, add the onion and red peppers and saute just until they begin to take on color.
  • Add the garlic and stir to combine.
  • Add the Italian sausage, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through.
  • Sprinkle the meat with the flour and toss to coat, continuing to cook for another minute.
  • Add the tomato puree, basil, and parsley; stirring to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly until the sauce is thickened slightly.
  • Spread meat mixture evenly into an 11 by 7-inch baking dish.
  • Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up.
  • Using a pastry brush, beaten egg yolk lightly across the top of the mashed potatoes.
  • Place baking dish on a parchment lined baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown.
  • Cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
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*The Geeks have partnered with Phoenix Public Market for monthly recipes and have received Market Bucks to use towards the ingredients in this recipe; All opinions are wholly our own. View our Disclosure Policy for more info.




The Geeks partner up with Phoenix Public Market to bring you their Italian style Shepherd's Pie, Contadino's Pie! #recipe #Italian #sponsored

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