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Classic cottage pie recipe

Classic cottage pie recipe

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Comfort food doesn't get much more classic than this hearty cottage pie recipe, layered with rich beef mince and buttery mash. Our best cottage pie recipe needs baking until bubbly and golden, then serve straight away with a side of green vegetables. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins to prepare and 45 mins to cook
  • 658 calories / serving


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 100g peas
  • 1kg Tesco all rounder potatoes
  • 50g butter, cubed
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    35g 50%
  • Saturates

    15g 77%
  • Sugars

    13g 14%
  • Salt

    1.9g 31%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 57.3g Protein 33.5g Fibre 9.5g


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and in a large frying pan, heat the olive oil. Saute the onion, carrot, celery and garlic on a medium heat until softened, then add the beef mince. Turn up the heat for 4-5 minutes and fry until the mince is browned.
  2. Meanwhile, peel, halve and boil the potatoes for 20 minutes or until soft. Drain and allow to steam for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, 160°C. Add the tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, stock cube, bay leaf and salt and pepper to the mince mixture. Fill the tomato tin with water and add that as well. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes to reduce. Add the peas at the last minute and mix through. Remove the bay leaf.
  3. Once the potatoes have steamed, mash them well with plenty of salt and the butter cubes until the butter is melted and mixed through. Pour the mince mixture into an ovenproof dish and top with the mash. Use a fork to rough up the top to help it colour. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until piping hot and golden. Serve immediately.

Tip: For an alternative topping, thinly slice the potatoes and layer evenly on top of the mince mixture. Brush with a little melted butter before baking.

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