Cottage Pie Ala Pantry

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is based originally on the Joy of Cooking but while making it one day I had to make a few changes based on what I had in the pantry and what I had time to do. I thought it would be weird but it turned out terrific and always disappears quickly. Also makes great leftovers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. First prepare mash potato topping by boiling the potatoes until just tender.
  3. Combine potatoes with butter and cheddar cheese.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mash and mix ingredients.
  6. The potatoes should be stiff when finished.
  7. Set aside.
  8. Cook carrot, celery and onion in olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until they are soft (about 15 minutes).
  9. Add the ground beef (note: you can use beef that has already been cooked or you can use raw).
  10. If raw, cook until evenly browned.
  11. If pre-cooked, cook for about 5 minutes Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. Add the chicken broth and the seasonings, stirring well to distribute.
  13. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally until it thickens.
  14. Place beef mixture in a 9 inch pie plate and then spread potatoes over it.
  15. Distribute the potatoes evenly but they do not need to smooth.
  16. Randomly sprinkle the cold butter over the top of the potatoes and pop in the oven for 30-35 mins, until browned and heated through.
Most Helpful

I think this would have been a better recipe with a lot less rosemary in it. The rosemary overwhelmed it and my husband and I both had a hard time eating it. I think without the rosemary it would have tasted good.

healthy cook for 8 January 13, 2005

This was easy to make and tasted so good, my husband and my 4 year old son both ate it! And that's not an easy task!! Next time I'll use more meat, but it was very good just as the recipe said.

lov*my*boys January 09, 2005

A great recipe,i forgot I was out of cheese when I made this,but it was still terrific,thanks for sharing the recipe!

pressurecooker January 03, 2005