Italian cottage pie

Italian cottage pie

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(28 ratings)

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

Easy

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

  • kcal791
  • fat40g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre5g
  • protein61g
  • salt2.83g
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Ingredients

  • 700g floury potatoes, sliced
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

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

  • 25g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

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

  • 50g grated parmesan
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    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

    Pancetta

    pan-chet-ah

    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
    Oregano

    Oregano

    or-ee-gar-no

    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')
    Beef

    Beef

    bee-f

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

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.

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kevinbristow1616
2nd Feb, 2012
5.05
Easy to make and also you can make 2 recipe with this
rachelefinn
17th Jan, 2012
I used polenta instead of potato, sprinkled with oregano and parmesan. Awesome!
jennypiccolo
12th Jan, 2012
4.05
My kids loved this, but my husband wasn't blown away by it!
d85nws
4th Jan, 2012
can you freeze this?
copywriter
8th Sep, 2011
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
30th Jul, 2011
5.05
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
15th Jul, 2011
5.05
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
12th Feb, 2011
5.05
Just delicious!
clairehazel
9th Jan, 2011
4.05
Really tasty. I'm not really a casserole kind of person so was very pleasantly surprised by how nice this was. Delicious.
statler1
21st Oct, 2010
5.05
My daughter & I absolutely love this recipe!!!

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