James Martin’s cottage pie recipe

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  • Healthy
serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
5-a-day: 1
Prep: 5 min
Cooking: 45 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 496 kCal 25%
Fat 27g 39%
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  • James Martin's cottage pie is under 500 calories per portion!

    James Martin’s cottage pie is comfort food at its best. Using tinned ingredients means it’s quick, easy and keeps your kitchen mess-free too. James Martin’s cottage pie comes in at under 500 calories per portion so it’s suitable if you’re following a diet plan or you’re just trying to cook more healthy family meals.

    James Martin’s cottage pie is topped with sweet potato and makes a great alternative to your traditional cottage pie recipe!


    • 400g can vegetable hot pot/stew
    • 300g can carrots, drained
    • 250g minced beef
    • 1 potato, peeled and cut into chunks
    • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    • 2tsp whole grain mustard
    • 1tbsp milk A knob of butter
    • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
    • 1tbsp oil
    • Seasoning


    • Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the minced beef and cook until browned. Add the vegetable hot pot and carrots. Simmer for 20 mins.

    • Meanwhile bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the two types of potatoes. Simmer for 15 mins or until tender. Drain, return to the pan and mash with the mustard, milk and butter.

    • When the mince is cooked, check the seasoning and spoon into an ovenproof dish. Spread the mashed potato over the meat and sprinkle with the cheese. Place under a preheated grill for 5-10 mins or until the top is beginning to turn brown.

    Top tip for making James Martin’s cottage pie

    The mustard in this recipe will spice up your mash, but if you're not to keen on mustard try replacing it with horseradish sauce.

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