Cottage pie with herby mash

Cottage pie with herby mash

Category: Main meal | Serves: 2 (generously)

Prep time: 25 minutes | Cooking time: 1 hour 25 minutes


2 tsp rapeseed oil

1 small red onion, chopped

2 carrots (about 250g/9oz total/unprepared weight), chopped

1 stick celery, chopped

115g (4oz) chestnut mushrooms, sliced

225g (8oz) extra lean minced beef (5% fat)

3 tsp plain flour

200ml (7fl oz) homemade or reduced-salt beef or vegetable stock

1 tbsp tomato purée

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 baking potatoes (about 450g/1lb total weight), washed (peel left on) and cut into chunks

2 tbsp skimmed or semi-skimmed milk

2 tbsp snipped fresh chives

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

  1. Heat rapeseed oil in a non-stick saucepan. Add red onion, carrots and celery; sauté over a medium heat for 6–8 minutes or until starting to soften. Stir in mushrooms; cook for 1 minute. Add minced beef, stirring to break up clumps; cook for 5 minutes or until meat is coloured, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour; cook for 1 minute. Stir in stock, tomato purée, dried herbs, Worcestershire sauce (if using) and black pepper. Bring to the boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally (remove lid for last 10 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, put potatoes in a pan; cover with cold water. Bring to the boil; simmer for about 15 minutes or until tender. Drain well; return to pan. Mash potatoes; stir in milk and fresh herbs. Season with black pepper. Cover; keep hot.
  3. In the meantime, preheat oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/gas mark. Transfer meat mixture to an ovenproof dish. Top with mash; spread roughly with fork, covering meat completely. Place dish on baking sheet. Bake in oven for 20–25 minutes or until topping is nicely browned. Serve with cooked peas.

Cook’s Tips

  • For the topping, try using a mixture of boiled potatoes and parsnips.
  • Use the cooked meat filling as the basis for spaghetti, or to fill lasagne, or as a jacket potato topping.

Nutritional information

Cottage Pie and Herby Mash