Easy Family Favorite Cottage Pie

Cottage pie with crispy fluffy mashed potato served in an oven dish.
Hearty Cottage Pie

This cottage pie recipe is a huge family favorite and it is super easy to make. What could be better on a cold evening than a large plate of hearty cottage pie and fluffy crispy mashed potatoes. If you are looking for something else like cottage pie that is warm and comforting and a soon to be family favorite then try out our easy Italian meatballs with a spicy tomato sauce.

Tips For Your Favorite Cottage Pie

  1. Cut in to servings and place in the freezer for quick lunches during the week. Do this on the day that it is cooked and once it has cooled completely.
  2. Use the best butter you can find to give it a rich buttery taste. As I always say, use the best ingredients that you can to make it taste and look spectacular.
Cottage pie in an oven dish with crispy potatoes on top. Cutlery to the side on the table

Easy Family Cottage Pie

Author: Fiona Halligan
Cottage pie with fluffy crispy mashed potatoes. A sure family favorite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course dinner, Entrée, Main Course
Cuisine England
Servings 4 servings
Calories 1246 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 kilogram Beef Mince
  • 2 large Onions finely chopped
  • 2 large Carrots chopped
  • 2 medium Celery Stalks chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons Plain Flour sieved
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Puree
  • 200 milliliters Red Wine
  • 700 milliliters Beef Stock
  • 6 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 10 grams Thyme Leaves
  • 1.5 kilograms Potatoes
  • 40 grams Butter Kerry gold
  • 100 milliliters Full Fat Milk
  • 20 milliliters Single Cream


Cottage Pie Mixture

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan and fry the mince until it has browned. Once it is brown, set it aside.
  • Add the remainder of the olive oil into the pan with the chopped onions, carrots and celery.
  • Cook on a medium low heat until soft and tender, for about 20 minutes.
  • Increase the heat and add in the garlic cloves, tomato puree and plain flour. Cook for a few minutes and add the mince back in.
  • Pour the red wine in and cook until it reduces slightly.
  • Pour in the beef stock and Worcestershire sauce and add in the sprigs of thyme. Bring to a simmer and cook for 50 minutes.
  • Increase the heat if there is a lot of liquid left. You want the sauce to be thick and coating everything.
  • Taste the mixture and season with salt and pepper.

Mashed Potato Topping

  • While you are waiting for the mince to cook you can make the mashed potato topping. Put the peeled, chopped potatoes in a large pot of cold salted water.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 200° Celsius.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer until tender. Test with a knife to see if they are soft on the inside. When they are cooked, drain them in a colander and let them steam dry for a few minutes.
  • Mash them with the milk, butter and cream. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Mashed potatoes should have a thick creamy consistency with no lumps.
  • Place the mince mixture into an ovenproof dish and put the mash potato on top. You can spoon the mashed potato over or you can pipe it over with a nice design.
  • Cook for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy with a lovely glass of red wine.


  1. Cut in to servings and place in the freezer for quick lunches during the week. Do this on the day that it is cooked and once it has cooled completely.


Calories: 1246kcalCarbohydrates: 92gProtein: 57gFat: 68gSaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 207mgSodium: 905mgPotassium: 3153mgFiber: 11gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 6535IUVitamin C: 90mgCalcium: 209mgIron: 11mg
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