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  • Writer's pictureLiz Tate

Recipe - Cottage Pie

There’s something so cozy and comforting about a yummy classic cottage pie.

A super savoury saucy beef mince mixed with veggies and topped off with a huge pile of creamy mashed potato.

This simple put together recipe is easy to cook, very affordable and has been around for such a long time it’s a classic.

If there is any leftovers - They can be made into potato pies, mince in toasted Jaffa’s, or frozen for another day.

So what’s your favourite topping

A soft mashed potato?


A fluffy crispy mashed potato?

Prep time: 5 mins - Cooking Time: 35 mins - Ready in: 40 mins

Makes: 10 serves - Cost: $27.36 or $2.73 per serve


For the Mince Mixture

  • 1 kg Beef Mince

  • 1 Onion

  • 1 cup Peas (Frozen or Tinned)

  • 1 cup Corn (Frozen or Tinned)

  • 1 cup Carrots diced (Frozen or Fresh)

  • 1 Tbsp Oil

  • 400 grams Tinned Tomato crushed

  • 1 tsp Garlic

  • 2 tbsp Corn Flour

For the Mashed Potato Topping

  • 1/4 cup Milk

  • 1 kg Potatoes

  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream


  1. Preheat oven 180°

  2. Peal, wash and cut potatoes into small cubes

  3. Boil potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until soft

  4. Drain and mash well, add milk & sour cream, mix until fluffy

  5. Add oil to pan and heat, fry the onion and garlic off for 1 minute

  6. Add mince and cook well

  7. Add crushed tomatoes, peas, corn, carrots bring to boil

  8. Add corn flour mix well and cook until thickened

  9. Place the mince mixture in the bottom of you baking tray, then top with potato

  10. Bake for 25 minutes


Use any vegetables that you have on hand or want to use up, frozen or fresh. Add in any veggies that you like to hide from the kids. (Just make sure you cut it up very small, harder to notice and pick out that way) Sprinkle cheese & bread crumbs on top of the mashed potato before baking for extra crunch. Click here for a printable PDF version of this recipe.

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