Italian cottage pie recipe

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40 Recipes

Pack your freezer full of homemade midweek meals.

Crusty cheddar pies


(9 ratings)

This recipe has been designed to be made ahead and frozen - a family-friendly batch pie, with cheesy mashed potato atop hidden broccoli, leeks and celery
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Chilli Marrakech


(44 ratings)

If you love spicy, aromatic dishes like tagine, this one-pot will become an instant favourite - it uses lean lamb mince but beef also works
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Easy

Tomato sauce


(34 ratings)

A good tomato sauce has countless uses. Make a big batch, then use in other dishes throughout the week
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Spicy chicken cacciatore


(11 ratings)

With a tub of homemade tomato sauce in the fridge, this dish is a cinch
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy

Bean & sausage hotpot


(47 ratings)

Warm up after work with this ultimate comfort food dish, just add a buttery dollop of mash
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Beef & pickle pasties


(1 rating)

Bake pickle or chutney into traditional Cornish shortcrust pastry parcels to save serving on the side
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • Easy

Faggots with onion gravy


(13 ratings)

Made from pork shoulder and pigs liver, meatball-like faggots are a blast from the thrifty past - serve with mashed potatoes
  • 2 hours
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Beef with red wine & carrots


(51 ratings)

Use this winter stew as a 'master recipe' - eat half, then use the rest in a pie or with pasta
  • 4 hours and 5 mins
  • Easy

Italian cottage pie


(28 ratings)

Add a little 'mamma mia' to a beef stew with pancetta and oregano, and a crunchy topping of Parmesan-coated potatoes...
  • 5 hours
  • Easy

Pappardelle with beef


(5 ratings)

Wide ribbons of pappardelle are the classic pasta to serve with a meaty sauce - you're bound to be going back for seconds
  • 4 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy

Chocolate flapjacks


(5 ratings)

Lovely for a lunchbox treat, these flapjacks have plenty of slow-burning carbs to keep you going through the afternoon
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Rhubarb & custard crunch


(4 ratings)

Kids will enjoy assembling these little pots. If rhubarb isn't your thing, any cooked or canned fruit works well
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Sugar-crunch fruitcake


(6 ratings)

Moist fruit and a crunchy sugary topping mean it's impossible to have just one slice of this delicious cake
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • Easy

Fuss-free lasagne


(17 ratings)

Take advantage of the special offers available on mince and batch-cook this sure-fire family winner
  • 2 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy

Cheeseburger & chips


(33 ratings)

Homemade burgers and chips beat shop-bought every time. Why not make double and freeze a batch?
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy

Cheese & bacon lasagne


(87 ratings)

This freezable, family-friendly recipe is economical and has a wonderful comfort-food feel about it
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Friday night fish pie


(37 ratings)

Everyone loves a fish pie. Lulu Grimes shares a delicious, easy recipe to pop in the freezer for those busy nights
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy

Multi mince


(23 ratings)

Use this great mince recipe as a base for bolognese or cottage pie - freeze a batch ready to whip out for last-minute dinners
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy

Quick cottage pie


(16 ratings)

A quick cottage pie that uses low-fat buttermilk in the mash
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy