Recipe: Cottage Pie For the Whole family

For a fairly simple dish, look no further than the rustic roots of the United Kingdom. Cottage pie (also known as shepherd’s pie when the meat is lamb) is a traditional dish cooked by shepherds and farmers.

cottage pie recipe

Because lamb has fallen out of the American palette, most modern cottage pies are made with ground beef. We added in a few additional seasonings to really make the flavors pop in this dish. Keep in mind, this dish is a meal on its own. There is no need to serve it with additional sides.

Cottage Pie Recipe


  • 1 1/2lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/3 cup peas
  • 1 1/2lbs to 2lbs potatoes.
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F
  2. Peel and quarter the potatoes. Boil in lightly salted water for about 20 minutes (or until tender).
  3. Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large frying pan.
  4. Saute the onions and carrots in the butter until tender (about 10 minutes).
  5. Add the ground beef and saute until well browned.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste with Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, thyme, rosemary, and cornstarch.
  7. Cook uncovered over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it’s well mixed.
  8. In a bowl, mash the potatoes with the remaining butter, minced garlic, and salt to taste.
  9. Place beef and vegetable mixture in the bottom of a baking dish. Distribute the mashed potatoes on top. Feel free to use a fork to make interesting patterns in the mashed potatoes.
  10. Distribute the shredded cheese on top.
  11. Bake in the oven until bubbling and brown on top (about 30 minutes). For a slightly more crusty top, broil for the last few minutes.
  12. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes


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