How to make Cottage Pie

Autumn food doesn’t get much better than this comforting cottage pie - savoury minced beef, submerged in rich gravy, topped with fluffy mashed potatoes.

Another fantastic and easy recipe for Comforting Cottage Pie from Sarah at @coxys_kitchen

How to make Cottage Pie – This comforting cottage pie is a family favourite that seldom disappoints; a winter warmer that feels like a huge hug with every mouthful.

Recipe serves: 4 people

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes


  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 large onions, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp plain flour
  • 1 beef stock pot or cube
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 heaped Tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 kg floury potatoes
  • 120 ml skimmed milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Large handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Paprika for sprinkling

How to make Cottage Pie


Step 1:

In a large frying pan heat half the oil and gently fry the chopped onion, carrot and celery for approx. 5 minutes until softened. If the mixture starts sticking to the pan, add a few spoonful’s of water – this will also help to soften the veg. Remove the veg from the pan and set aside

Step 2:

In the same pan, heat the remaining oil and then add the beef mince and cook on a high heat until the meat is browned all over. Once browned, add the plain flour to the mince and stir until all the flour is mixed in

Add the cooked veg back into the pan, then add the beef stock pot/cube, Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée and 500ml of water. Mix everything together, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer with a lid on for approx. 20 minutes, while you make the mashed potatoes

Step 3:

Peel and chop the potatoes, then add them to a large pan and cover with cold water, season with salt and cook until tender. Preheat the oven on 200c / Gas mark 6

When the potatoes are cooked, drain off the water then return them to the pan and mash them together with the milk and butter until smooth. Season the potatoes well with salt and white pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.
Note: If using a potato ricer, chop the potatoes smaller so that they fit in the ricer

Step 4:

Once the 20 minutes is up, taste the mince mix and adjust the seasoning with salt & pepper. Stir in the chopped parsley, check the seasoning again and then add the mince mix to a 1.5 litre capacity baking dish. Spoon over the mashed potatoes in an even layer so that all the mince mix is covered.

Step 5:

Using a fork, gently create lines across the top of the potatoes; this helps to give it a nice crispy topping during baking. Finally sprinkle a little paprika across the top to give it a warm smokey flavour and a beautiful golden colour.

Coxy’s Kitchen Tips:

To make this recipe healthier use:

  1. Cooking oil spray instead of a Tbsp of oil
  2. Beef mince containing only 5 or 10% fat
  3. Reduced fat spread instead of butter for the mash

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