Cotswold Cottage Pie

How to make Cotswold Cottage Pie

Who doesn’t like the combination of minced meat and mashed potatoes? Even once in a while? Cottage pie is a safe and easy option when you need to just grab something to eat. And you should totally try this recipe for yourself.

Serves:  4

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes


700g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

300g Swede, peeled and cut into chunks

400g lean beef mince

1 small onion, finely chopped

carrot, finely chopped

75g green beans, chopped

100g mushrooms, sliced

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

50g frozen peas, thawed

4 tsp gravy granules for beef

1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped        

100g Double Gloucester cheese, grated

1 sprinkle ground black pepper


  1. Cook the potatoes and Swede in simmering water until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan and add the mince, a handful at a time, cooking it until browned. Stir in the onion, carrot, green beans, mushrooms and mixed herbs. Add 450ml of water and simmer without a lid for 20 minutes, adding the peas for the final 2-3 minutes.
  3. Preheat the grill and warm a large baking dish under it for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle the gravy granules into the mince mixture, stir until thickened, and then transfer to the baking dish.
  4. Drain the potatoes and the Swede, season and then mash thoroughly. Stir in the chives and about three-quarters of the cheese. Spoon over the mince, spreading it out to cover it. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, then grill until golden brown. Serve.

Tip: Cottage pie is always a delight with a bottle of cold drink or hot tea!

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