Mummy,s cottage pie


The ultimate comfort food has to be cottage pie.(Shepherds pie is made with lamb mince, cottage pie with beef mince so im told)

This is a great recipe to freeze if there is any leftovers (let it completely cool before freezing. ) No need for packets, that add so much unwanted additives. Made from scratch is such such a healthy wholesome meal. ( Mine has some hidden veg in there for good measure, but shh don,t tell the smallies)

Use up any carrots or onions  left in the bottom of the fridge. ( good on the purse strings too) , I just crave it on a blustery day…  and “yum” always cleans her plate too..

Tip …. let the mince mixture cool for a few mins before topping with potato,, that way the potato doesn’t sink into the mince!!

Also a few sprigs of fresh thyme in this turns this dish from pub grub to something pretty special !!

have fun x get messy x one yummy mummy x


  • 500 g of lean mince beef
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon of basil
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme (if you have fresh even better)
  • 1 beef stock cube  in a half pint of hot water
  • 2 teaspoons of cornflour (with a tiny drop of cold water)

The mash

  • 8 potatoes
  •  1 tablespoon of margarine
  • quarter pint of milk


Preheat oven to 180 c gas Mark 4 (get a deep ovenproof dish, saucepan and large pan,)
Peel and chop your potatoes and boil in a large saucepan with a lid. (Boil for around 25 to 30 mins until potato are soft)

Grate carrot, onion and garlic
Put a large pan on a medium heat and add the mince  and veg (no need for oil ) and fry until mince is browned breaking it up as it fry’s and veg has softened. (wpid-wp-1437507054970.jpegI use a sieve)

Return to the heat  and cook for 10 mins

Add tomato puree, basil, oregano thyme and mix

put in the half a pint of beef stock.

Make up a cornflour paste by adding  2 tea spoons of corn flour to a tiny drop of cold water  in a cup..

add cornflour mixture to Thicken
Cook for a further 10 mins stirring in the cornflour paste

(Add to a deep ovenproof dish , and let cool while you make the mash)

When potatoes are soft mash really well with a masher.

Add the margarine and mix well and mash again,, stir in the milk and give a final good mash..
Top off the mince mixture with the potato.wpid-wp-1437507061490.jpeg Try to get a get a rustic look! Cook in the oven for 35 mins!!


6 thoughts on “Mummy,s cottage pie

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  2. That looks like what we call Sheppard’s Pie here! I love this and will be trying your recipe for sure 🙂 Thanks for linking on #foodpornthursdays

    • i would say the same but… shepherds pie is made with lambs mince…. cottage pie is made with minced beef…. its what granny always said… (and Irish granny,s never wrong) he he thanks for taking the time to comment #foodpornthursdays

  3. Hey, I love your recipes, so easy to follow. Was just wondering if I let the mince cool, cook it and freeze leftovers would I not be reheating the meat a second time?

    • hi Paula.. just cool the mince a bit while you cook the potatoes.. (the temperature will be room temp.. it will be fine )

      thanks for your comment x

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