Lazy Cottage Pie

"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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Ready In:


  • 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).

Questions & Replies

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  1. Janet M.
    Looking for a modification in lieu of tomato soup (gerd).


  1. PugsAndKisses
    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!
  2. ReeLani
    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.
  3. mums the word
    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.
  4. Captnk were cream of mushroom soup and tator tots,....this would be "Tator Tot" Hotdish. great recipe...comfort food to the max
  5. knjblazer
    I forgot to rate on my previous post.... excellent and easy dinner idea! We loved it!


  1. Kristiina
    This is a good dish, I substituted turkey for the beef. I think next time I would leave the cheese off, we didn't really like it on this. Thank you for sharing!



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