Beef & lentil cottage pie with cauliflower & potato topping

Beef & lentil cottage pie with cauliflower & potato topping

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Try a new topping for your comforting bake by adding cauliflower and a little cheddar cheese - there'll be some leftover for a second meal, too

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
759
protein
45g
carbs
73g
fat
33g
saturates
16g
fibre
9g
sugar
9g
salt
1.4g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g minced beef
  • 1 large carrot, coarsely grated
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 200g red lentils
  • 600ml beef stock
  • 140g frozen peas
  • 1¼kg potatoes, cubed
  • 1 large cauliflower (about 400g), cut into florets
  • 150ml milk
  • 50g butter
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 4. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the minced beef. Cook for 5 mins until browned all over, then add the carrot and cook for 2 mins more.
  2. Stir in the tomato purée and add seasoning. Cook for a few mins, then add the lentils and stock. Simmer for 20 mins, then stir in the peas.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a pan of water to the boil and add the potatoes. Simmer for 15 mins, then add the cauliflower and simmer for a further 10 mins until the veg is tender.
  4. Drain, then return the veg to the pan for a few mins to dry out. add the milk, butter and seasoning, and mash together. Finally, add the cheese, reserving a handful, and mix well. Cover and put aside 500g of the mash mix for the sausage recipe tomorrow (see 'goes well with', right).
  5. Spoon the mince into a large roasting dish, about 30 x 20cm, and spoon the mash over the top. Sprinkle with cheese and bake until golden, about 30 mins.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2014

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jennylucy's picture

This is delicious! I had a six year old visitor with his parents and they all loved it. Good budget family recipe or would feed a group of hungry students. You could adapt for veggies by leaving out meat and adding more vegetables or beans.

astoelli's picture

I cooked this recipe for my family yesterday and everyone - including the kids who don't really like vegetables - loved it! Great recipe! I used a little more broth. Thanks!

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