Simple Cottage Pie

Serves: 4


01H 40MIN


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and add minced beef until browned, then set aside.
  2. Put olive oil in another saucepan and add the vegetables.
  3. Cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, onion, flour and tomato purée.
  5. Return the beef to the pan: incorporate wine and bring to the boil.
  6. Add the stock, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and season well.
  7. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Discard the thyme sprigs.
  9. Cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling water for about 10 minutes or until tender.
  10. Drain the potatoes, mash well with the milk, butter and grated cheese, then season with salt and pepper.
  11. Spoon the beef mixture into a large ovenproof dish.
  12. Top with potato mixture.
  13. Bake the cottage pie at 200°C for 20 minutes or until golden.


  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 350 ml beef stock
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 900g potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 100ml milk
  • 25g butter
  • ¼ cup grated tasty cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper