Easy Cottage Pie

Easy Cottage Pie

This easy cottage pie recipe is loaded with ground beef, vegetables, and cheesy mashed potatoes. Cottage pie is easy to make and a hearty meal that the entire family will love.

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Cottage Pie Filling

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 rims celery, chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can tomato paste, 6 oz can

Mashed Potato Topping

  • 8 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese


  1. Start by boiling the potatoes to prepare them to mash. Add the potatoes and smashed garlic to a large cook pot. Cover with water and place a lid on the pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for twenty-five minutes or until potatoes are softened.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. While the potatoes are simmering begin to make the cottage pie filling. Heat olive oil in a skillet on the stove and cook the onion and carrots for minutes.
  4. Add minced garlic and celery and cook for an additional two minutes.
  5. Add in the ground beef, salt, pepper, and Italian Seasoning. Mix it altogether well and cook until the ground beef has browned thoroughly.
  6. Add in beef broth and tomato paste and let the mixture simmer on the stove for two minutes then remove from the heat. If you are not using an oven safe skillet, transfer the filling into an oven safe baking dish.
  7. When the potatoes have softened, drain the water and use a hand mixer to mash the potatoes.
  8. Add in butter, milk or cream, and cheddar cheese to the potatoes. Make sure it has all evenly mixed into the potatoes.
  9. Spread the mashed potatoes evenly and smoothly overtop the ground beef filling. Use a fork to make lines throughout the mashed potatoes.
  10. Bake for thirty minutes.
  11. Make sure to let the dish cool before serving. Garnish with fresh green onions (optional) and enjoy!

This cottage pie recipe is the perfect mix of seasoned ground beef, healthy vegetables, and cheesy mashed potatoes. This homestyle dish is the perfect comfort food that you are going to want to try.

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So is it called Shepherd's Pie or Cottage Pie?

This dish is more commonly known as "Shepherd's Pie" a classic Irish dish that consist of meat and vegetables and then topped with mashed potatoes. However, "Shepherd's pie" is when lamb is used as the meat. Hence, the term shepherd. The term "Cottage Pie" refers to beef being the meat in the dish. Whichever you decide to call it, you are going to love this classic and homestyle recipe!

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Make this Cottage Pie a Freezer Meal

Prep this recipe ahead of time and freeze to serve at a later date. If you are a planner or just like to have a few freezer meals on hand for when you are in a pinch, this recipe is a perfect one. Just follow the same instructions for making the pie filling and the cheesy mashed potatoes. Assemble the pie in a foil pan and then freeze for up to two months. When you are ready to serve this meal bake on 350 degrees for one hour or until the potatoes are golden. If you thaw the dish in the refrigerator beforehand, you can cut the baking time in half.

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