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Cottage Pie

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Serves 4

A wonderful recipe for midweek meals, being cheap and easy to make.

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  • 450g good-quality minced beef
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • splash of Worcestshire sauce
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs
  • For the mash:
  • 700g floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper
  • butter
  • milk
  • salt and pepper


    1. Preheat the oven to fan 180c, 160c, gas mark 6. In a saucepan, gently fry the onion and carrot until soft. Turn up the heat a notch and quickly brown off the mince.
    2. Add the tomato puree, stock cube, Worcestshire sauce, mixed herbs and 1/2 pint of freshly boiled water from the kettle. Gently simmer for half an hour.
    3. Meanwhile, peel and quarter the potatoes. Boil for about 20 minutes until soft. Drain well and mash with plenty of butter, warmed milk and salt and pepper.
    4. Pile the filling into an ovenproof dish and top with the mashed potato. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden on top.

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loved by all in my house, perfect dish to have on the chilly autumn night!