A Simple Cottage Pie Recipe

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Make the perfect cottage pie at home with this simple recipe.

Cottage Pie is a classic British dish that’s really simple to make. The traditional Cottage Pie consists of a few ingredients which include ground beef, onion, mashed potato and carrots. 

What ground beef should I use for Cottage Pie?

When it comes to making Cottage Pie, the key is in the beef that you use. We recommend you use a beef that has an 80/20 fat ratio as some of the flavour you’ll get will be from the fat content. However, if you’d like to make a healthier option and don’t mind losing a little flavour, then you can use 90/10 beef. 

How long can I keep Cottage Pie in the fridge?

A freshly cooked Cottage Pie can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days, as long as it’s covered with foil.

Can I freeze Cottage Pie?

Yes – you can freeze cottage pie, as long as its placed in the correct container or a freezer bag. 

Details

Servings

6 servings

Prep time

10 minutes

Cooking time

60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb ground beef

  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)

  • Garlic (pressed)

  • 2lb potato

  • 1 cup of frozen peas

  • 2 carrots (diced)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 cup beef stock or beef broth

  • 1 tbsp tomato puree

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 tsp salt 

  • ½  tsp black ground pepper

Directions

  • Place the beef in a frying pan on medium heat and cook for 7 to 8 minutes or until it’s well browned. When cooked, ensure all of the ground beef is broken down and then add it to a heat proof bowl for later. (Make sure you leave the juices in the frying pan).
  • Next, add the onion into the frying pan and cook for around 3 to 4 minutes before adding in the carrots, garlic, salt and ground pepper. Cook for a further six minutes until softened then add the cooked ground beef back into the frying pan for a further one minute.
  • Stir in the frozen peas, beef stock, bay leaf, tomato puree, worcestershire sauce and thyme and cook for around 5 minutes to allow all the flavours to combine (and to reduce some of the moisture). If you find your mix to be overly watery, add a tablespoon of all purpose flour and stir well.
  • Place the mix into a baking dish and set aside.
  • Peel and dice the potato and add to a pan of boiling water. Add a pinch of salt and cook for around 12 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  • When the potatoes are cooked, drain the water and mash them up. Add the butter and milk and mix until you have a smooth texture.
  • Spoon the mashed potato on top of the ground beef using a fork. Make sure you spread it evenly.
  • Place into a preheated oven of 380℉ for 35 minutes and enjoy.

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