Cottage pie

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Serves: 4

By AnnMumsnet



  • 1 onion finely chopped

  • 8 tbsp milk (for mashing)

  • 450g lean beef mince

  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup

  • 400g chopped tomato

  • 1 beef stock

  • 1 clove garlic crushed

  • 2 tsp margarine or butter

  • 4 medium maris piper or king edward potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes

  • 1 carrot peeled and roughly chopped into small cubes

  • 2 tbsp fresh mixed herbs parsley, sage or 2 tsp dried mixed herbs


  1. Place prepared potatoes into a large pan.
  2. Cover with just enough boiling water to cover and fast simmer with the lid on for about 10–15 minutes until soft.
  3. Meanwhile place the beef, onion, garlic and carrot in a cold pan.
  4. Place on the heat, 'dry fry' in its own juices and brown for about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, herbs and ketchup (add a splash of beef stock if a little too thick).
  6. Season and bring to the boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes with the lid on the pan.
  7. Preheat the grill.
  8. Drain the potatoes.
  9. Add a splash of milk to the potatoes and mash.
  10. Place the mince mixture into a shallow dish, top with a thin layer of mash and dot with a little margarine.
  11. Place under preheated grill until crisp and golden, about 5-10 minutes.
  12. Serve with seasonal green vegetables.

Additional Information

  • beef

  • Potato

  • Meat

  • Winter

  • Autumn

  • Main Course

  • Budget

  • Make Ahead

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