Quick cottage pie

Quick cottage pie

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
A quick cottage pie that uses low-fat buttermilk in the mash

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal390
  • fat11g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 100g pack mushrooms, halve them if large



    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • 1 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ recipe Multi mince (see link below)
  • 750g potatoes, quartered



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

  • 75ml buttermilk or skimmed milk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…


  1. Tip the mushrooms into a pan with the oil and cook for 5 mins until browned. Mix in the flour, then add the Multi mince. Cook until heated through and the sauce is slightly thickened, then tip the mixture into a medium-sized ovenproof dish. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling salted water for 15 mins until soft. Drain and mash with the buttermilk, then stir in half the spring onions. Spoon over the mince and fluff up. Cook in the oven for 15 mins until the top is lightly browned. Serve sprinkled with spring onions.

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23rd Feb, 2016
What is multimince?????????
14th Jun, 2015
The multi mince was a little watery. But the pie was good. Even my 4year old picky eater had a second serving. I added Worcestershire sauce n tomato purée as suggested by one of the reader.
25th Jan, 2012
29th Sep, 2011
Good recipe - added some tomato puree and Worcester Sauce to improve the flavour. The spring onions really added to the flavour. Love the multi-mince - have used it for bolognese also.
4th Jan, 2011
Very tasty and would make it again.
4th Jan, 2011
Love this, one of the first recipes I ever made properly on my own and still enjoy it now.
16th Nov, 2010
fantastic! Tasted wonderful. No alterations to the recipe and will definitely make again.
8th Sep, 2010
Really liked the spring onions and mushrooms in this dish and i also added a little bit of butter to the mash (the same time as the milk). I served it with frozen garden peas and it was lovely, definately one to make again.
19th Aug, 2010
Lovely recipe. But I found there was too much topping so now use fewer potatoes.
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10th May, 2010
Lovely recipe, fussy OH had seconds...


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Catherine Bissell
6th Mar, 2020
If I cooked this and froze it, how long would it go in the oven for and at what temperature? Thanks
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Sean Crick
2nd Sep, 2019
what is multi mince
goodfoodteam's picture
9th Sep, 2019
Multi mince is a recipe we created as a base for cottage pie and Bolognese. Here is the link to the recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1553/multi-mince
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13th Jun, 2016
Anyone one tell me what multi mince is please
30th Apr, 2018
I googled and found https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1553/multi-mince
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