Warm winter cottage pie

Warm winter cottage pie


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About this recipe: A heart warming cottage pie for a windy winter's night

emma_chef_29 London, England, UK

Makes: 1 shepherd's pie

  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 celery sticks finely chopped
  • 1 cup of peas - fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 1/2 cup of passata
  • 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and chopped into quaters
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 50g chopped butter
  • 1 cup of grated parmasan or cheddar cheese depending on taste
  • *Extra ingredients depending on taste - see footnote!*

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

  1. Add oil to a fry pan over a medium-high heat. Cook onion, carrot and celery for 1 minute or until soft.
  2. Turn temperature up to a high heat and add mince, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon for 5 minutes or until slightly browned
  3. Add the flour and combine for 1 minute
  4. Add the stock slowly, stirring continuously for 1 minute until well combined
  5. Add the peas, passata and worcestershire sauce, stir until combined, turn heat to medium and let simmer for 15 - 20 mins.
  6. Meanwhile, to make potato topping, add potatoes to a saucepan of boiling water with a pinch of salt until soft enough to mash. This should take 12-15 minutes. Drain the water and transfer back to the saucepan.
  7. Break up potatoes with a potato masher or whisk and add butter, milk, and season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  8. Transfer your mince filling to a lightly greased oven dish and cover with mashed potato. Lightly sprinkle with cheese and pop under the grill for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted to your liking. Serve steaming hot with toasted bread.


Don't be afraid to experiment with this recipe! In the past I have added garlic, red wine, balsamic vinegar and bay leaves to the mince and sprinkled the topping with a pinch of nutmeg.

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I used this recipe as a base I added sweet corn and all my left over veg - i would use more Worcestershire sauce next time though - i also had to used butternut squash mash - as I don't have enough normal potatoes - but this was really nice and easy to make It was easy and tastes so good will be using this one again - 29 Oct 2013

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