Total Time
45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a tasty, quick, and easy dish to prepare when you have no time to plan for supper. This is so easy to prepare and will please a hungry group of children on a chilly day. You may substitute peas & carrots for the green beans if you prefer. You may also substitute ground lamb for the ground beef, or even leftover minced roasted beef/lamb (in which case just saute the onions alone and mix with the cooked meat). I usually use homemade leftover garlic mashed potatoes in this, but if all you have is instant, well - this is supposed to be a Lazy Mom's dish, so go ahead. I garnish this with a sprinkle of paprika if I am leaving out the cheese. Don't worry about the lack of salt & pepper in the meat - the soup provides all the seasonings and is the "secret" ingredient. Doubles well, and also can be made the day before, chilled and baked the next day for a hot lunch.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (15 ounce) can green beans, drained (or peas & carrots or mixed leftover veggies)
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
  • 3 -4 cups leftover mashed potatoes (or prepare 6 servings instant)
  • 18-14 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
  • paprika, garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Brown beef and onion together in a large skillet, drain fat.
  2. Place meat into a medium greased caserole dish (it doesn't matter what shape- you want to be able to have the meat spread in one layer).
  3. Spread the beans on top.
  4. Spread the unprepared soup on top of the beans using a spatula.
  5. Next spread the mashed potatoes over all, sealing edges.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired (I often omit).
  7. Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350 F or 180 C oven for about 20 minutes, or until bubbling.
  8. NOTE:If you like, use a fork to make lines in the mashed potatoes (or, you could also pipe the mashed potatoes on top using a decorating bag with a wide star tip if you aren't feeling quite so lazy).
Most Helpful

This dish was GREAT!!! I just HAVE to give it five stars; it is EASY, INEXPENSIVE, and TASTY! I used homemade mashed potatoes; and I put a handfull of shredded cheddar into the potatoes, then a little more on top. Thanks for the recipe!

PugsAndKisses May 31, 2003

The cupboards were a bit bare today but fortunately I did have almost everything on hand to make this cottage pie. I added a few dashes of seasoned salt to the hamburger mixture as it cooked, switched the veggies to frozen mixed corn, beans, carrots and I used leftover mashed potatoes. I had to omit the cheese since I didn't have any but definitely would add it next time just to add more depth to the flavours (plus I am cheese crazy!) I brushed the potatoes with a wee bit of butter and sprinkled with celery salt and paprika. All in all, a pretty good little recipe that is budget friendly and the ingredients are usually on hand. Thx Heather.

mums the word January 18, 2010

Yumm! I put this together about a month ago and it's been residing in my freezer. Pulled it out this afternoon and let it thaw a bit and baked tonight for about 40 minutes. Very easy and tasty. My mom's looking forward to the leftovers I'll take to her.

ReeLani September 10, 2004

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