Lazy Cottage Pie

READY IN: 45mins


  • 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)


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