Cottage pie

PHOTO RECIPE Cottage pie

90 min

This is the best recipe on how to make cottage pie. It's easy to make, economical, every day ingredients and 100% freezer friendly, it’s the sort of food that has universal appeal.

90 min


number of servings


  • 112 tablespoon olive oil Added to
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced) Added to
  • 1 onion (finely chopped) Added to
  • 1 carrot (finely chopped) Added to
  • 1 celery (finely chopped) Added to
  • 112 lb beef mince (ground beef) Added to
  • 14 cup flour (plain all purpose) (g) Added to
  • 14 cup tomato paste (g) Added to
  • 2 cups beef stock broth Added to
  • 12 cup red wine (or water) Added to
  • 1 cube beef broth Added to
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Added to
  • 1 tsp dried thyme (or sprigs fresh thyme) Added to
  • 2 dried bay leaves Added to
  • 34 tsp salt Added to
  • 12 tsp black pepper Added to


  • 1.2 kg potatoes (peeled and cut into cubes) Added to
  • 23 cup milk (warmed) Added to
  • 2 tablespoon butter Added to


  • 2 tablespoon butter Added to
  • 2 tablespoon parmesan (grated) Added to


1. Step

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook for 1 minute. Then add carrots and celery. Cook for 3 minutes or until softened and sweet.

Cottage pie - preparation step 1
2. Step

Turn heat up to high. Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go, until browned.

Cottage pie - preparation step 2
3. Step

Add flour and mix in. Add tomato paste, broth, red wine, bouillon cube, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper.

Cottage pie - preparation step 3
4. Step

Bring to simmer, then turn down heat so it is simmering rapidly - I have it on medium high. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it reduces down to a gravy consistency. Taste then add more salt if desired.

Cottage pie - preparation step 4
5. Step

Transfer to 6 cup pie dish (1.5 litre / quart). Cover, cool if you have time (even overnight). Cool filling = easier to top with mash.

Cottage pie - preparation step 5
6. Step

Now it's time to assemble the pie. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Cook potatoes in boiling water for 15 minutes or until soft. Drain then return to pot on turned off stove. Shake briefly and allow to steam dry for 30 seconds or so.

Cottage pie - preparation step 6
7. Step

Add butter and mash until melted, then add milk and salt. Mash until smooth.

Cottage pie - preparation step 7
8. Step

Spread onto pie, use a fork to rough up the surface (rougher surface = more golden bits). Sprinkle with paremsan, drizzle with butter (or skip this and just drizzle with olive oil)

Cottage pie - preparation step 8
9. Step

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until golden on top and bubbling on the edges. Stick a knife into the middle to ensure it is piping hot.

Cottage pie - preparation step 9
10. Step

Stand for 5 minutes before serving, garnished with fresh thyme leaves if desired.

Cottage pie - preparation step 10

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