Cottage Pie

This recipe works in combination with: Easy Spaghetti Bolognese. This recipe features in these meal plans: Frugal Favourites 3.

A classic cottage pie with minced beef and a creamy potato topping.


  • 125g of minced beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 closed cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small baking potato (approx 250g), peeled and diced
  • 200g of value tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp margarine/butter
  • 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp plain white flour
  • Serves: 1
  • Course: Main Course
  • Preparation time: 5 mins
  • Cooking time: 50 mins
  • Oven temp: 200c
  • Price per person: £1.64
  • Store cupboard: Basic
  • Calories per serving: 618
  • 5-a-day per serving: 2.1
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  1. Preheat the oven. Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the onion for 2-3 minutes, or until soft. Add the mushrooms, garlic and herbs and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are soft.
  2. Stir in the minced beef and fry for 5 minutes, or until browned. Stir in the flour and add the tomatoes and tomato purée. Gently simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, or until the sauce develops a thicker consistency.
  3. While the beef sauce simmers, cook the potato in lightly salted boiling water for 10 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Season the meat sauce with salt and pepper and transfer to an ovenproof dish.
  5. Drain and mash the potatoes with the milk and margarine/butter and season with salt. Spoon the mash evenly over the minced beef mixture and run the prongs of a fork over the top of the mash to give it a rustic look. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the mash is lightly browned and crispy. Serve immediately.

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