Homemade Cottage Pie

    1 hour 15 minutes

    A great British recipe, this is a hearty dinner dish that is always a favourite with the the whole family and friends.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 450g lean beef mince
    • 1 large onion, finely diced
    • 2 medium carrots, finely dieced
    • leaves off 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 (400g) tin tomatoes
    • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 290ml beef stock
    • dash of Worcestershire sauce
    • Mashed Potato Topping
    • 1 kg potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
    • 120ml low fat milk, as required
    • salt and pepper, to taste

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C
    2. Add olive oil to a large frying pan and over a low/medium heat add the mince, onion and carrot and stir until the beef is browned and the vegetables are softened.
    3. Add the bay leaves and thyme and stir through for a minute or so.
    4. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and stock, and cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Season to taste.
    5. Boil the prepared potatoes until soft. Drain and then mash them adding the butter and milk until you have a nice smooth, not too stiff, mix. Season to taste.
    6. Pour the mince mixture into a large casserole dish and cover with the mashed potatoes.
    7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. I subsituted sweet potatoes for regular potatoes/  -  13 Apr 2010


    Fabulous recipe. I made extra to freeze but my kids and husband ate it all. They loved it!  -  26 Aug 2010


    loved it!!!  -  20 Aug 2010