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

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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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lilmssquirrel's picture

Am going to try this although worryingly the nutritional information for this recipe is exactly the same as for the original beef dish. Could someone please correct this?

positivelythrifty's picture
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Used the basic idea of this recipe to use up beef stew left overs. I left out the bacon and just used chedder cheese but it was really, really yummy.
One day I'll make it properly!

catderbyshire's picture
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really nice and tasty-although i did not bother putting in the second lot of herbs or bacon and only sprinkled parmesan on top of the potatoes-try it

ahaldane's picture
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I am surprised this dish has only had 2 ratings so far. It is really delicious and the potatoes are fabulous!

bethocallaghan's picture
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The original beef dish and both it's second uses have been yum - this one especially was nice though I did find it a bit salty - so maybe would use unsmoked bacon if I made it again.

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