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Easy to Make Cottage Pie with a Mashed Potato Crust

Tasty one-pot delicous cottage beef pie - a family favorite!

 

An Easy to Make and Delicious Cottage Pie

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.

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For this recipe I wanted to try out my new cast iron dutch oven and this was the perfect opportunity.  

Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie Ingredients

Ingredients:

2 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.

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Melt butter in ovenproof/stovetop safe casserole. Saute celery, carrots, and onion until softened, about 10 minutes.

Add mushrooms and cook until browned, approximately 10 minutes.

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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. Add peas and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

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

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Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Cast Iron Casserole - The PROs!

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 new 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 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.

I was able to pull this out of the oven, put the lid on 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.  

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.  

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!

Delicious Cottage Beef Pie

Tasty one-pot delicous cottage beef pie - a family favorite!
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Easy to Make Cottage Pie from cupcakesandcrinoline.com
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:1 hr

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 6 baby carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes 1 can
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 3 pounds mashed potatoes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Melt butter in ovenproof/stove top safe casserole. Saute celery, carrots and onion until softened, about 10 minutes.
  • Add 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.
  • Add 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 835kcal | Carbohydrates: 151g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 2481mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 151mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 5mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 835kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $10.00

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6 Comments

  1. Amy | Canary Street Crafts says:

    This looks so good! Perfectly warm and yummy comfort food!

  2. Jamie @ anderson + grant says:

    This looks like a delicious meal for those cool fall and winter nights. I'm not normally a fan of things mixed together, but this actually looks really good! And that cast iron casserole looks so useful. I love cooking in cast iron, but hate how hard it is to take care of. I may been to get myself one of these! Thanks so much for sharing this with us Mary Beth!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I love cooking with cast iron, Jamie, and this was so easy to clean up it almost made me feel guilty! LOL My husband doesn't like things mixed together as well but he enjoyed it. If you get a chance to try it I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by ~ hugs, mb

  3. Mary Beth says:

    Thank you, ladies!

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