Easy to make mashed potato, ground beef and vegetable Cottage Pie - a One-Pot-Dinner. Get the recipe at cupcakesandcrinoline.comKitchenaid Cookware Disclosure

An Easy to Make and Delicious Cottage Pie ~ Part of the Home Cooking 101 Series Here at Home with Cupcakes and Crinoline

Easy to Make Cottage Pie from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Sometimes all my family and I want is a hearty meal.  When that’s what your family is craving this Cottage Pie is sure to please.  It’s loaded with lots of fresh veggies and lean meat plus a delicious sauce and a luscious homemade mashed potato crust.  As a side note, if you don’t have time to make homemade mashed potatoes you can easily substitute two containers of already prepared refrigerated mashed potatoes from your local market.

KitchenAid Professional Cast Iron 4-Quart Casserole

I wanted to try out my new KitchenAid Cast Iron Casserole and this was the perfect opportunity.  {You can read the full review after the recipe}

Cottage Pie

Ingredients:Cottage Pie Ingredients2 tablespoons butter
2 ribs of celery chopped
6 baby carrots sliced
1 onion, chopped
8 ounces of mushrooms sliced
1 pound lean ground beef
1 can {28 ounces} crushed tomatoes
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
Mashed potatoes {3 pounds}

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cottage Pie Ingredients2Melt butter in ovenproof/stove top safe casserole. Saute celery, carrots and onion until softened, about 10 minutes.Cottage Pie Ingredients3Add mushrooms and cook until browned, approximately 10 minutes.

Add ground beef and cook stirring occasionally until beef is cooked through and no longer pink.
Stir in crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until thickened slightly, about 30 minutes. Cottage Pie Ingredients4Add peas and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Top with mashed potatoes and bake 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Let cool 10 minutes before serving.Cottage Pie with a Mashed Potato 'Crust' from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I am not known for my quality cookware and I have an old oven (over 30 years old!) so baking and cooking can be challenging for me.  It’s something I really take to heart when a meal or a dessert doesn’t turn out.  With that being said, I absolutely love the way this meal turned out using my KitchenAid Professional Cast Iron Casserole.  This dish was baked evenly throughout and the casserole held its temperature for over an hour after removing it from the oven, which is a great because we like to all eat together as a family and most nights that means waiting for one of the boys to get home.

KitchenAid Casserole Grill Lid

I was able to pull this out of the oven, put the lid on (which doubles as a GRILL) and my Cottage Pie stayed HOT for over an hour in the casserole.  Everyone got to eat together and nothing got cold while we waited.  Another plus is that cleanup was a breeze.  I don’t have a dishwasher ~ unless you count my sons 😉 ~ and all I had to do was soak the casserole in straight hot water for 5 minutes and then dump the water out.  EVERYTHING came off without residue.  I did add soap and clean up the inside, and outside, which cleaned up perfectly as well.  My casserole still looks like new. It’s also cast iron but it doesn’t need to be seasoned ~ that’s a bonus-and-a-half.

What’s your favorite go-to cookware or bakeware?  I can tell you that after using this casserole it’s my new favorite all around cookware/bakeware ~ I can hardly wait to try out some more recipes with it!

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