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Easy Cottage Pie

Published by Sabrina Kelly

easy cheesy cottage pie yummy!



  • 500g extra lean minced beef
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 250g can chilli kidney beans, drained
  • 150ml beef stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the potato topping
  • 625g old floury potatoes, peeled
  • 200g tub Dairylea cheese spread
  • 2 tablespoonsl freshly chopped chives or parsley


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°, gas mark 6.

2. In a large pan, brown the mince without added fat for a few minutes.

3. Add the onion, tomatoes, kidney beans, stock and seasoning and cook for a further 3 - 4 minutes, stirring frequently.

4. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

5. Meanwhile put the potatoes in a pan of boiling water and cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until tender.

6. Drain the potatoes, add the Dairylea a little at a time and mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and stir in half the herbs.

7. Spoon the mince into an ovenproof dish and top with the potato. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Serve garnished with the remaining herbs.


  • Patrice 5 years ago

    A terrificly simple delicious recipe which feeds an average of 4 people. I added some diced carrots and some sliced leek and added some garlic to add to the flavour.

    sabrina, you inspired me to make this dish instead of buying an expensive supermarket version. I will also try it with mushrooms and adding swede to the mash. Well done girl!

  • Freddy Bee 5 years ago

    Worked a treat!,used some carrots & mushrooms in there & put swede in the mash potato and it was delicious!.

  • Zanna 6 years ago

    Bloody lovely and soooooo easy....Easily does for 4 people :d

  • Gerald 6 years ago

    Whatever t-w-a-t wrote this recipe didn't even mention how many people it serves. 1? 2?? 4??? 18????? Facking wasted my afternoon making this for my family and it turned out to serve 6 people short, one of them who was my disabled sister and she had to go hungry so couldn't take her pills. Morons!

  • Alice Platt 6 years ago

    I got confused in regards to the 'spooning of the mince'. I'm from norfolk though so forgive me

  • Sean 6 years ago

    I got confused with the stock cube.

  • Alex & Holly 7 years ago

    Just made this recipe. Didnt use kidney beans but replaced them with mushrooms instead! Turned out nice! :)

  • ItS JuSt Me 7 years ago

    Do u hav 2 use the onions tomatos chilli beans and herbs?????

  • Tia 8 years ago

    how much does this serve? -.-

  • katie 8 years ago

    my mum is tired of cooking because i am fussy so i made this and everyone loved it

  • Sheree 8 years ago

    Fantastic :) it is so simple and easy to do :) i dont like cheese spread so i grated cheese and put in with the tatties whilst i mashed them with butter :)

  • Lauren, 15 yrs 9 years ago

    although, we didnt use shilli kidney beans or onion, instead we used carrots and peas (rough;ly 2 handfulls of peas, and 3/4 average sized carrots)
    but besides that, the recipe is great and very useful :)

  • Lauren, 15 yrs 9 years ago

    thanks this helped me out a lot; mum was tired so me and my little sister decided to cook it ourselves :)

  • lynsey 9 years ago

    do you have to use any stock to make a cottage pie?

  • sam 10 years ago

    how many does this serve?

  • Andy 10 years ago

    Great recipe! For a bit extra I like to add carrots in the 'filling' and horseraddish in the mash, goes down a treat!

  • alyy 10 years ago

    this was a good way turns out perfect

  • alyy 10 years ago

    good work

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