Weeknight Cottage Pie

Weeknight Cottage Pie

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Caren King


I didn't have any thing planned for dinner and had a couple pounds of ground chuck I needed to use so I just started throwing things in the pan and ended up with this. It is a hit with the family and on frequent rotation.


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25 Min
30 Min


  • 2 lb
    ground chuck
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    dried minced garlic - divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    dried minced onions - divided
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt - divided
  • 1/4 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 c
    beef broth
  • 1 lg can(s)
  • 4
    servings instant mashed potatoes (prepared)
  • 1/4 c
    shredded cheddar cheese

How to Make Weeknight Cottage Pie


  1. Brown ground chuck with the red peppers, 1 tsp. each of the garlic and onions. While the meat is cooking, prepare the instant mashed potatoes. Put 1/2 tsp. of the garlic and onions in the liquid that you use for the potatoes so they have some time to develop their flavor. Use 1/4 tsp of the black pepper in the potatoes. Do not drain the meat when cooked.
  2. When meat is fully cooked, use a slotted spoon to pull most of the meat out and put it is a 2 qt oven safe dish.
    Sprinkle the flour over the grease remaining in the pan. Cook the flour until it is brown. Add 1/4 tsp of the black pepper. Add the broth and stir until the gravy is thickened.
  3. Pour the gravy over the meat in the dish and then add the Veg-all. Mix them together and top the mixture with the prepared mashed potatoes. Sprinkle the cheese over the mashed potatoes.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes @ 350 degrees. Remove from oven and let stand for about 10 minutes.

    The mashed potatoes tend to grow while in the oven so don't be surprised.

    ***Be careful about salting this dish. The broth has plenty of salt if you don't use low sodium. Make sure to taste before salting.

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About Weeknight Cottage Pie

Course/Dish: Beef Savory Pies
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #easy #weeknight

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