Beef and Carrot Cottage Pie

    1 hour 5 minutes

    A very traditional English cottage pie with beef, onions, carrots, potatoes and seasonings. Best served with fresh green peas.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 500g lean ground beef
    • 1 onion, peeled and diced
    • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
    • 2 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) beef stock
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 60g butter, softened
    • 1 cup (250ml) milk
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

    Preparation:40min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
    2. To Make Meat Filling: Place a large frying pan over medium heat. Crumble in ground beef and fry for 1 minute. Add onion and carrot, then continue to fry until beef is no longer pink and onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Mix in flour, cinnamon, mixed herbs and parsley.
    3. In a small bowl, combine beef stock and tomato paste. Mix together, then add to beef mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Lower heat and simmer mixture for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almost all of liquid has been absorbed. Spoon mixture into a 23cm pie dish.
    5. To Make Potato Topping: Place diced potatoes in a medium saucepan. Cover with water and place over high heat. Allow to come to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain.
    6. Mash potatoes until smooth, then add butter, followed by milk. Whip until fluffy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Spread potatoes over beef filling. Sprinkle with grated Cheddar cheese.
    8. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, until top is browned and cheese is bubbly.

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    This pie is really easy to make and is yummy. Great to add any vegetables that need to be used. Left overs taste even better the next day on toast!  -  17 Apr 2011


    Used different ingredients. Had no tomato paste so I used tomato sauce and thickened it with just a touch of flour. Didn't appear to alter the taste  -  11 Sep 2009


    So easy and so delicious, this will be a regular item on our menu! Cheap and economical too with some left overs for the next day IF YOU ARE LUCKY!  -  14 Feb 2011