Cottage pie with cheesy mash recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: medium
Prep: 50 min
Cooking: 25 min
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  • 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


    • Pre-heat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5.

    • 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.

    • Heat the oil in a large pan and gently heat, add the mince and break into pieces whilst stirring gently, cook until brown.

    • Add chopped onions, carrots, dried herbs, Worcester sauce and stock.

    • 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).

    •  Blend together cornflour with 1 tbsp of cold water, add to mince and stir until thickened.

    • Add salt and pepper to taste (optional).

    • 8. Put mince into a large casserole dish and flatten down.

    •  Mash up potatoes, add in one to two tubes of your squeezy cheese.

    • Gently spread the cheesy potato over the mince.

    • 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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