Cottage Pie

Top down view of cottage pie in a round, white casserole dish with a spoon resting under a scoop and a bowl of cottage pie in the top right corner.

All the nostalgic flavors of traditional cottage pie brought together in a rich, red wine tomato sauce that tastes like it has been simmering for hours and the creamiest mashed potatoes.


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 package frozen peas and carrots
  • 3 ¾ pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  2. Make your mashed potatoes in the instant pot or on the stove.
  3. In a 3 ½ quart dutch oven or stove-friendly casserole dish, brown your ground beef over medium heat. You can also use a skillet and transfer to a round casserole dish if you don’t have one that is stove-friendly. Drain any excess grease.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste, wine, broth, salt, and spices. Bring to a boil and pull off the heat, then stir in the peas and carrots.
  5. Spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the top of the beef mixture.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, until the top is slightly browned and the pie is fully warmed through.
  7. Remove from the oven and garnish with chopped, fresh parsley.
  8. Serve and enjoy!


Tips and Tricks:

  • Allow the ground beef to brown and some of the extra juices to evaporate off for a delicious meat flavor. Use a potato masher to easily cook your ground beef.
  • Try to spread your mashed potato topping as evenly as possible across the top, edge to edge, to help prevent too much of the sauce boiling over the top. Some seeping may be inevitable, and it won’t impact the flavor at all if it does!
  • To crisp up the top layer of mashed potatoes, stick your cottage pie under the broiler for a couple of minutes to finish things off.

To Store and Reheat: To store your cottage pie, place it in a covered container in the fridge and consume within 5 days. To reheat, microwave or reheat in a skillet or the oven until heated through. This cottage pie also freezes well. To do so, place in an airtight container, let the pie cool completely, then freeze for up to 3 months.