Cottage pie recipe

  • Serves 6
  • 5 mins to prepare and 1 hr 30 mins to cook
  • 404 calories / serving
  • Freezable
Add this recipe to your binder.

This hearty family favourite is the ultimate comforting main, featuring rich beef mince, gorgeous root veggies and a crispy grated potato topping.

Put the potatoes in a large pan of water. Bring to the boil, and then parboil for 15 minutes. Drain well. Loosely wrap in a clean tea towel to dry and cool a little. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel the skins and coarsely grate into a bowl.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan. Chop all the veg and add to the pan along with the oregano and garlic. Gently cook for 10-15 minutes, until softened. Remove to a bowl until needed. Return the pan to the heat and add the mince. Brown, over a high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes more.

Tip the cooked veg back into the pan and add the stock cube, Worcestershire sauce and 500ml (17fl oz) water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes. Season to taste.

Put the mince mixture in a large baking dish. Scatter over the potato, brush with the butter and season. Bake for 25 minutes, until bubbling and golden. Serve with buttered greens, if you like.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Once the dish has cooled completely, transfer it to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating. To re-heat: Loosely cover with foil and bake until dish is thoroughly heated through. Re-heat until piping hot. 

See more Pie recipes

For top tips on protecting you and your family when preparing raw meat and poultry, visit Food Safety in the Home.


Email recipe details
Print recipe
  • Ingredients

  • 750g (1 1/2lb) Redmere Farms white potatoes, unpeeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Redmere Farms brown onion
  • 1 Redmere Farms courgette
  • 1 large Redmere Farms carrot
  • 2 Nightingale Farms celery sticks
  • 2 Nightingale Farms red or yellow peppers, seeded
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Redmere Farms garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 x 500g pack Boswell Farms beef mince
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 25g (1oz) butter, melted
  • buttered greens, to serve (optional)
  • Energy 1690kj 404kcal 20%
  • Fat 22g 31%
  • Saturates 9g 43%
  • Sugars 9g 10%
  • Salt 1.2g 19%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 34g Protein 21.2g Fibre 5.2g


Suggested tips and skills

Text me the ingredients

Simply enter your mobile number below to receive the ingredients for this recipe by text

Please enter a valid UK or Ireland mobile phone number

Terms of Use. We will send you a text containing the list of ingredients for this recipe and a link to access the method. This will not cost you anything. If a message is undelivered we will only attempt to resend for up to 24 hours. This service involves no registration or subscription.