Easy Cottage Pie

    40 minutes

    This is a delicious and hearty pie which is very quick to throw together. If you prefer you can substitute lamb mince and call it a shepherd's pie.

    50 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 500g lean beef mince
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon herbes de provence
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 large potatoes, quartered
    • 1 small garlic clove, minced
    • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
    • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Boil potatoes in water until tender, then drain and mash with 2 tablespoons butter and garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set aside.
    2. Meanwhile, heat oil in pan and add beef, herbs, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Brown the beef well. Preheat the oven to 180C.
    3. In a lightly oiled deep pie pan spread the beef on the bottom, top with the peas and cover with mashed potato. Dot with butter, and bake for 20 minutes.

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    Great! I used frozen mixed vegetables instead of green peas and added canned tomato soup to the beef because it seemed dry. Easy, straightforward comfort food.  -  28 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    For variation: Lightly saute fresh mushrooms, onion and garlic in olive oil. Add ground beef until just brown. Drain. Add jar beef gravy and Worcester sauce to taste. Mix well. Spoon into 9" square baking dish. Cover with prepared mashed potatoes. Ring top with baby carrots. Brush with beaten egg. Bake at 350 until bubbly. Enjoy.  -  22 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was easy & tastey. The only thing I changed was the sugar&ketchup sauce went on the top. The leftovers made for awesome sandwiches the next day. Thanks!  -  10 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)