This Ground Beef Cottage Pie Recipe is an easy way to enjoy a pure comfort food casserole using just 8 steps and just 40 minutes. Ground beef is browned, then mixed with a tomato paste sauce, mushrooms, peas, and carrots poured into a pie crust. Then it is topped with cheesy mashed potato crust and baked in the oven.
Why I love this recipe
This easy shepherds pie uses simple ingredients and the shepherd’s pie filling is delicious!
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jarred minced garlic
frozen peas and carrots mix
store-bought pie dough deep dish
package of mashed potatoes
shredded cheddar cheese
For the meat filling, try using ground turkey, or ground chicken, or use ground lamb. You can also use diced or cubed meats instead of ground.
You can use mixed vegetables, or green beans instead of the peas and carrots mixture.
Other cheese types work great too, like shredded Colby Jack, shredded Swiss, or a mixture of Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
You can also make homemade mashed potatoes instead of using an instant mix.
Equipment used for this recipe
How to make Ground Beef Cottage Pie
Step 1 – Heat oven to 350 F. degrees.
Step 2 – Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat, and drain the fat.
Step 3 – Stir in the jarred minced garlic, sliced mushrooms, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and frozen peas and carrots mix.
Step 4 – Place the pie dough into a pie pan (if it isn’t already in one). Pour the beef filling into the pie crust.
Step 5 – In a saucepan, cook the mashed potatoes according to the package directions.
Step 6 – Next spread the fluffy mashed potatoes over the beef mixture in an even layer, sealing the edges.
Step 7 – Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the potatoes.
Step 8 – Bake, uncovered, in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
The main difference between a classic shepherd’s pie recipe and a cottage pie is the type of meat used. Cottage pie uses minced lean ground meat as its base and beef broth as its gravy. Shepherd’s pie, on the other hand, uses ground lamb, and the juices of the minced lamb form the gravy sauce.
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- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
- 1 can sliced mushrooms (drained)
- 1/4 cup beef broth
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 cup frozen peas and carrots mix
- 1 store-bought pie dough deep dish
- 13.75-ounce package of mashed potatoes
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. degrees.
- Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat, and drain the fat.
- Stir in the jarred minced garlic, sliced mushrooms, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and frozen peas and carrots mix.
- Place the pie dough into a pie pan (if it isn't already in one). Pour the ground meat mixture into the pie crust.
- In a saucepan, cook the mashed potatoes according to the package directions.
- Next spread the fluffy mashed potatoes over the beef mixture in an even layer, sealing the edges.
- Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the potatoes.
- Bake, uncovered, in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 446Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 598mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g
Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.
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