Cottage Pie

I always used to associate Cottage Pie with school dinners. The school version wasn’t particularly appetising and I remember it being slopped onto my plate like some sort of punishment was being delivered. The one thing I loved though, was the mashed potato topping, I always hoped for the nice, crispy browned bit of potato. It made the meal so much better!

cottage pie showing the mashed potato being placed upon the mince

With this in mind, I needed to create a version that was comforting and delicious and give this meal the credit it deserves. So here it is! A rich, meaty version, topped with my favourite thing…. Cheese! The golden crispy cheese makes the topping even more amazing!

photograph showing the grated cheese on top of the mashed potato
photograph of the finished, cooked cottage pie in a glass dish


a portion of cottage pie displayed on a white plate

Cottage Pie

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 500 g Beef Mince
  • 400 g Can of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 250 ml Beef Stock
  • 0.5 tsp Chilli Powder
  • Splash Worcestershire Sauce
  • 650 g Potatoes
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas
  • 50 g Cheddar Cheese


  • Heat oven to 200 oc (180 fan assisted).
  • Peel and chop potatoes, place in a pan and cover with water and boil over a medium heat until soft.
  • Chop Onion and Crush Garlic. Heat a little oil in a pan and fry until soft.
  • Add Beef Mince and cook until browned.
  • Add tomatoes and puree and mix through.
  • Pour in the stock and add chilli and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Add the peas and mix through.
  • Cook over a medium heat until the stock has reduced and the mixture has thickened.
  • Place mince into an oven proof dish.
  • Drain potatoes and mash with a little milk and butter if desired.
  • Spread mash over the mince evenly.
  • Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top.
  • Cook for 30 minutes until golden and serve.
Keyword beef, nostalgic, retro

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