Italian cottage pie

Italian cottage pie

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(32 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

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal791
  • fat40g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre5g
  • protein61g
  • salt2.83g
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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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10th Mar, 2019
This was really tasty the whole family enjoyed it (2 adults plus a 15 year old and 9 year old!). The only addition I made was I added a little cheddar on top and grilled it. I also cooked the meat in the slow cooker which worked very well. I will be making it for my parents when they visit in a few weeks :)
8th May, 2016
Tasty...I left out the pancetta and cooked in a slow cooker before finishing in the oven with the potatoes.
13th Nov, 2014
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 !
22nd Feb, 2014
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:-)
1st Feb, 2014
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!
25th Nov, 2013
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!
3rd Sep, 2013
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.
27th Mar, 2013
Now, this was good..... I'll make double next time!!!
30th Aug, 2012
13th Jul, 2012
This is absolutely delicious, better than the original stew!


14th Aug, 2017
Hi Can this be made in the slow cooker?
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17th Aug, 2017
Thanks for your question, we saw your question on the beef with red wine & carrots and we've given advice on the slow cooking there. You'll need to continue from step 2 here, following the recipe.
29th Jul, 2016
The calories in this are wrong - these calories are the same as those for the basic beef and carrot recipe and as you have added other ingredients they are not correct. The actual calories for this dish is more like 672 kcals, 26.5 g fat per serving.
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16th Aug, 2016
Thank you very much for alerting us to this. We have now amended the quantities to include all the ingredients. We apologise for the mix up and appreciate your help in getting it sorted. Many thanks.
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