Italian cottage pie

Italian cottage pie

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(27 ratings)

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


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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal443
  • fat21g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre3g
  • protein46g
  • salt0.69g
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  • 700g floury potatoes, sliced



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 25g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g grated Parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 140g pancetta or streaky bacon, cut into strips



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 2 oregano sprigs, leaves stripped, or 2 tsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • ½ quantity beef with red wine & carrots (see 'Goes well with')



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…


  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.

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Comments (27)

lizzafezza's picture

Tasty...I left out the pancetta and cooked in a slow cooker before finishing in the oven with the potatoes.

bbornagain2day's picture

Preferred the original with mash pots and don't see the point in adding bacon and herbs later - might as well do to begin with if going to bother. |A very tasty beef dish !

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

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

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

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

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holspark's picture

This is absolutely delicious, better than the original stew!

babe9305's picture

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

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

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

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

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

Just delicious!

clairehazel's picture

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

My daughter & I absolutely love this recipe!!!


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