Elaine's cottage pie

Elaine's cottage pie


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About this recipe: This is my version of cottage pie - the comforting dish that we all love!


Serves: 6 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 500g lean mince
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced or diced
  • 125g frozen garden peas
  • 4 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 250ml beef stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the topping
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced small
  • 50g butter
  • 125g grated Cheddar cheese

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6.
  2. Heat the oil in pan, add onions, garlic and mince; cook stirring, until mince is browned.
  3. Add carrots, peas, puree, parsley, stock, salt and pepper; simmer covered for about 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
  4. While this is cooking, boil the potatoes and mash with butter and cheese.
  5. Spoon mince mixture into an oven-proof dish. Top with potato-cheese mash.
  6. Bake the cottage pie uncovered, for 30 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown on top.

Make ahead...

This cottage pie freezes well - simply assemble the pie and freeze before baking. Once you're ready to bake, simply throw it in the oven straight from the freezer.

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Reviews (54)


Have never made cottage pie as hubby says they all taste bland and he remembers them being so boring as a kid so thought I'd convert him and it worked! We both loved this cottage pie. But having read all the reviews I decided to add some extras. I used an oxo cube while frying the mince, also added Worcester sauce and half a glass of red wine with the stock. I made up 300mls of stock instead of 250mls.Also I used whole grain mustard in my mash. I used more potatoes than the recipe too. I have to say without the extras I fear we would have found it too bland for our taste but it was great to find a recipe that I could adapt. Will definitely make again. - 30 Sep 2012


Altered ingredient amounts. add a couple of oxo's to the initial cooking of the mince, mmmm..... - 02 Dec 2008


Altered ingredient amounts. Add some Worcs sauce to the mince when frying, also add a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard to the mash - works a treat. - 14 Nov 2010

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