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Recipe for Cottage Pie

This recipe for Cottage Pie is easy to make and it's a delicious way to have a well-rounded meal and celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
5 from 15 votes
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: recipe for Cottage Pie
Servings: 6
Author: Rachel


Pie ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3-4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 Tbsp. thyme leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. crushed rosemary leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Cheese for topping the pie, additional thyme and salt and pepper as desired.

Mashed Potato Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. red skin potatoes, chopped leave skin on
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. green onion
  • Pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Boil water for the potatoes and add them to the pot. Boil for 10-12 minutes or until the potatoes are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork.
  • Add olive oil to a large pan and when it's heated through add in the onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Cook for 4 minutes or until the onions start to become translucent.
  • Add in the beef and begin to brown it.
  • Once browned, add in the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Combine well and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the peas, corn and the herbs. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Once the potatoes are done, drain them and then add them back to the pot with the other ingredients for the potatoes (except the onions). Use a potato masher until they are smooth and creamy. Then stir in the onions.
  • Add the beef mixture to an oven safe baking dish and then layer the potatoes on top of that.
  • Add on cheese if you like and then bake for 25 minutes.
  • When done, sprinkle with additional thyme and serve.