Cottage pie with cheesy mash recipe

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Give your cottage pie added flavour by using squeezy cheese in your mash

Preparation Time50 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time1 hours 15 mins

This cottage pie recipe is a great way of getting the whole family more of their five-a-day. Give your pie a little added flavour by using squeezy cheese in your mash


  • 450g/1lb lean mince beef
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut small
  • 1 large carrot peeled and diced
  • 2 tubes squeezy cheese
  • 50g/2oz frozen garden peas (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • ½ tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 150ml/5floz boiling water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp cornflour with 1 tablespoon cold water to blend
  • Salt and pepper to taste




  1. Pre-heat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5.
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes into small pieces, put into a large pan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil, then simmer on a medium/low heat for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft , drain well in a colander and put aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan and gently heat, add the mince and break into pieces whilst stirring gently, cook until brown.
  4. Add chopped onions, carrots, dried herbs, Worcester sauce and stock.
  5. Mix well and bring back to the boil before turning to a low/medium heat and simmer for 25 minutes (if adding garden peas add after 20 minutes).
  6.  Blend together cornflour with 1 tbsp of cold water, add to mince and stir until thickened.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste (optional).
  8. 8. Put mince into a large casserole dish and flatten down.
  9.  Mash up potatoes, add in one to two tubes of your squeezy cheese.
  10. Gently spread the cheesy potato over the mince.
  11. Put into pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes until nicely browned and piping hot throughout.
Top Tip for making Cottage pie with cheesy mash

Serve along with Broccoli, Swede and green beans


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