Cheesy Cottage Pie

cottage pie casserole

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This comfort food recipe for cheesy cottage pie features a beef and veggie filled casserole topped with cheesy mashed potatoes!


  • 4 cups mashed potatoes (either store-bought or homemade. I like The Pioneer Woman’s recipe)
  • Sea salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into halves and then quarters
  • 6 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar (as always, I love Cabot!)
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes, either store-bought or homemade.  I love this recipe from the Pioneer Woman.


  1. Heat oil in a heavy pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add carrots, celery, onion, and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add flour and tomato paste and stir for 1 minute.
  4. Add beef and cook until browned. Add 1 cup water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Preheat oven to 450. Mix 1 cup of cheddar into mashed potatoes. Put the beef mixture into a large casserole and spread mashed potatoes over the top of it. Scatter 1/2 cup cheese over the top.
  6. Bake until golden and bubbling, about 15-20 minutes. Let it cool slightly and then serve!

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