Italian cottage pie

Italian cottage pie

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins Plus 4 hours for the beef stew

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Add a little 'mamma mia' to a beef stew with pancetta and oregano, and a crunchy topping of Parmesan-coated potatoes

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
443
protein
46g
carbs
16g
fat
21g
saturates
6g
fibre
3g
sugar
11g
salt
0.69g

Ingredients

  • 700g floury potatoes, sliced
  • 25g butter
  • 50g grated parmesan
  • 140g pancetta or streaky bacon, cut into strips
  • 2 oregano sprigs, leaves stripped, or 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ quantity beef with red wine & carrots (see 'Goes well with')

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Method

  1. First make the Beef with red wine & carrots (see 'Goes well with'). You will need half the finished stew for this recipe.
  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Cook the potatoes in boiling, salted water for 10 mins until almost done. Drain well, then mix with the butter and half the Parmesan.
  3. In a large saucepan, fry the pancetta or bacon until golden. Stir in the fresh oregano leaves or dried oregano, then add the beef stew and heat through. Tip into an ovenproof dish and top with the cheesy potatoes, overlapping. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and bake for 20 mins until golden and crisp on top. Serve with a green salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2010

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dinnerideas's picture

A very tasty dinner although I did tweek it a bit by using a basic Bolognese and then topping that with the parmesan potatoes.A hit with all the family:-)

lucyw's picture
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Delicious, new favourite beef stew/pie recipe, didn't feel the need to add any extra ingredients (not sure what the Italian bit is all about even an Italian friend was none the wiser)

Agree with other user comments. Wish I had made double!

minibear's picture

Really delicious! I didn't bother with the bacon and oregano. I layered the potatoes, plain, over the stew, put a few dollops of butter over them, sprayed with some oil and topped with about 30g of Parmesan. I left it in the oven for 30mind to crisp the potatoes more. Will definitely be making this again, really very tasty indeed!

gin1902's picture
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Left out bacon. This was the nicest cottage pie ever! So quick once you have made the stew. Great if you want to make 2 or 3 meals in one go!! Going to make the pasta dish next. How hard can it be to add fresh tomato sauce to the stew. hehe.

susieone's picture
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Now, this was good..... I'll make double next time!!!

calmisthestorm's picture
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OM NOM NOM NOM!

holspark's picture
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This is absolutely delicious, better than the original stew!

babe9305's picture
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I used the cheese potato part of this recipe instead of the usual mashed potato on my shepards pie- was a nice change :) Very simple.

kevinbristow1616's picture
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Easy to make and also you can make 2 recipe with this

rachelefinn's picture

I used polenta instead of potato, sprinkled with oregano and parmesan. Awesome!

jennypiccolo's picture
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My kids loved this, but my husband wasn't blown away by it!

d85nws's picture

can you freeze this?

copywriter's picture

I made this a while back but my potatoes cooked really unevenly (they were mostly even sliced - I am no chef but they weren't too bad) besides that though, awesome recipe.

joanna1972's picture
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This is a fabulous meal, the addition of the oregano and pancetta really lifted the stew and I loved the potato topping. Unusually for me I didn't change a thing!!

jellybean1981's picture
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Comfort food at its best. Totally delicious! I through it in the slow cooker for the day and added the pots and cheese later. I used unsmoked bacon though to reduce the saltiness :)

chessyalden's picture
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Just delicious!

clairehazel's picture
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Really tasty. I'm not really a casserole kind of person so was very pleasantly surprised by how nice this was. Delicious.

statler1's picture
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My daughter & I absolutely love this recipe!!!

sodabread's picture

can't wait to try it looks great

jemsecrets's picture
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Absolutely delicious. With and without potatoes, next time I'll throw in some button mushrooms an hour before the end, and have parmesan mash on the side rather then this topping. Was well worth the cooking time, easy, and really really great. Made a veggie version with corn too and was great!

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