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Cottage Pie

Serves 4
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 45 minutes - 1 hour

A quick and easy potato topped mince meal loaded with vegetables - a tasty one pot meal. This pie is delicious fresh, the next day or from frozen. You can make it go further by adding red lentils or extra vegetables.



  • 4 potatoes, medium, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk, reduced fat
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped finely
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped or grated
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 1 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 courgettes, finely chopped or grated
  • 400 g can tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cheese, grated (optional)
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
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  1. Half fill a pot with water, add potatoes, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a sharp knife
  2. Drain, mash the potato with the milk. Keep warm
  3. Heat a pan, add the oil, onion and carrots and cook for 5 - 10 minutes. Add the mince and stir-fry until brown
  4. Add mushrooms, courgettes, tomatoes, water and tomato sauce and simmer for 20 - 30 minutes, add more water if the mixture becomes dry
  5. Preheat the oven to 200ºC
  6. Place the mince mixture in a baking dish
  7. Spread the potato over the top, sprinkle with grated cheese
  8. Place in the oven and cook for 20 - 30 minutes until the potato is steaming hot and golden brown. Remove from the oven
  9. Serve sprinkled with parsley
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