About this recipe: This classic favourite makes a comforting meal, especially on a cold day. Lean minced beef is a healthy filling that takes minutes to cook, and the topping is quickly browned under the grill. Serve with peas or seasonal greens. Delicious!
For a vegetable mash, replace some of the potatoes with swede, carrots or parsnips, or add some chopped spring onions or lightly cooked sliced leeks to the mashed potato.
If you prefer, you can bake the cottage pie at 200°C (180°C fan oven), gas 6, for 20 minutes or until the topping is golden.
You can prepare the whole pie ahead (or just the mince). Cool, then keep chilled in the fridge. Cover with foil and reheat thoroughly in the oven at 190°C (170°C fan oven), gas 5 for 45 minutes, uncovering for the last 10-15 minutes to brown the top. *Make up a triple batch of the mince mixture and use one third for the pie. Quickly cool and freeze the remainder, divided into two freezerproof containers. To use, thaw a batch in the fridge overnight, then use it to make another meal, such as Beefy Stuffed Tomatoes (above). Or add a few drops of Tabasco sauce and 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil or coriander to the mixture to make a quick version of the Spicy Mince Baps (on this website).