Cottage pie with cheesy mash Recipe

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50 min


25 min

This cottage pie recipe is a great way of getting the whole family more of their five-a-day. Give your pie a little added flavour by using squeezy cheese in your mash


  • 450g/1lb lean mince beef
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut small
  • 1 large carrot peeled and diced
  • 2 tubes squeezy cheese
  • 50g/2oz frozen garden peas (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • ½ tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 150ml/5floz boiling water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp cornflour with 1 tablespoon cold water to blend
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5.

  • Peel and chop the potatoes into small pieces, put into a large pan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil, then simmer on a medium/low heat for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft , drain well in a colander and put aside.

  • Heat the oil in a large pan and gently heat, add the mince and break into pieces whilst stirring gently, cook until brown.

  • Add chopped onions, carrots, dried herbs, Worcester sauce and stock.

  • Mix well and bring back to the boil before turning to a low/medium heat and simmer for 25 minutes (if adding garden peas add after 20 minutes).

  •  Blend together cornflour with 1 tbsp of cold water, add to mince and stir until thickened.

  • Add salt and pepper to taste (optional).

  • 8. Put mince into a large casserole dish and flatten down.

  •  Mash up potatoes, add in one to two tubes of your squeezy cheese.

  • Gently spread the cheesy potato over the mince.

  • Put into pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes until nicely browned and piping hot throughout.

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