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    Lazy Cottage Pie

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    45 mins

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    HeatherFeather's Note:

    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.

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    • 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)
    • 1/8-1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)
    • paprika, garnish (optional)


    1. 1
      Brown beef and onion together in a large skillet, drain fat.
    2. 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. 3
      Spread the beans on top.
    4. 4
      Spread the unprepared soup on top of the beans using a spatula.
    5. 5
      Next spread the mashed potatoes over all, sealing edges.
    6. 6
      Sprinkle with cheese, if desired (I often omit).
    7. 7
      Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350 F or 180 C oven for about 20 minutes, or until bubbling.
    8. 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).

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 31, 2003


      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!

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    • on January 18, 2010


      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.

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    • on September 10, 2004


      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lazy Cottage Pie

    Serving Size: 1 (315 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 371.0
    Calories from Fat 64
    Total Fat 7.1 g
    Saturated Fat 3.1 g
    Cholesterol 73.4 mg
    Sodium 967.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 46.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.1 g
    Sugars 10.6 g
    Protein 30.6 g

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