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How to make an easy Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

Updated on January 27, 2013

A good traditional Cottage Pie or Shepard's Pie is the perfect dish for a hearty family meal. It is cheap to make, simple to cook, pretty good nutrition wise and all the family will love it.

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Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash
Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash
Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash
Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 10 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 4 servings


  • 1 large pack Beef Mince
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 tin peas
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small jar tomato based sauce
  • 1Kg potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 200g cheddar, grated
  • butter
  • milk
  • 1 clove/1tsp lasy Garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a little oil in a pan, add the mince and diced onion and cook for 10-15minutes until browned on a medium heat
  2. Add the garlic and stir in, heating for a further 3 minutes
  3. Add the carrots, peas, tomatoes and tomato sauce and cover. Leave to simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. While the meat is simmering, place the potatoes in water to boil.
  5. Once the potatoes have softened - should take 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and mash with a nob of butter and a splash of milk. Add salt and pepper to taste if you want
  6. Place the meat mixture in the bottom or a large casserole dish and top with the creamy mash. Place in the over on 180 for 10 minutes
  7. Remove from oven top with grated cheese and return to oven for another 10 minutes.
  8. Serve with salad or other veg and enjoy!


You can give this recipe an extra bit of a kick with a dash of red wine if you want, and a dollop of mustard in the mash could change the taste too!


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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Oh I add garlic to just about everything, lol! Plus cheesy mash is the best!

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      A nice variation on the cottage pie. I have never added garlic when I cook this recipe but must try it next time. I will add the grated cheese on top of the mashed potatoes too.

      Voted up and 5 stars

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Lol, no late night recipe reading isnt a great idea. But cottage pie is yummy!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I probably shouldn't read your hubs so late in the day, it is making me very hungry. Love this post. I do make a cottage cheese pie that is similar to this one, it must be good!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Yep I think our beef mince is the equivalent of your ground mince. It is such a traditional british dish. A good cottage pie or shepards pie!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Looks so good, Daisy, but I have one question. Is the beef mince like ground hamburger? Great recipe, this is something my guys would definitely be loving!