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Ultimate cottage pie

With its crispy, cheesy potato topping and rich Aberdeen Angus beef filling, my cottage pie is a hug in a bowl! I serve mine with sweet British peas and green beans. - Chris Baber

  • 5.0 Star
  • Timer Prep 15 min
    Cook 25 min
  • Chef hat Medium


Finely chop the white onions. Finely chop the carrots. Finely chop the white mushrooms. Quarter the M&S Select Farms season's gold potatoes.


  1. 1 Heat a frying pan until smoking hot, add the mince, season and cook for 3-5 minutes until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate while you cook the veg.
  2. 2 Add a splash of olive oil to the pan before adding the onion and carrots. Reduce the heat to medium, season and cook for 5-8 minutes, until softened.
  3. 3 Add the mushrooms, turn up the heat and cook for another 2-3 minutes before adding the mince back to the pan.
  4. 4 Add the tomatoes and cook for. 5 minutes, until the mixture is thick. Add the Cook With M&S beef gravy and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  5. 5 Meanwhile, cook. the potatoes in a large pan of boiling salted water for 10-15 minutes until tender. Preheat the grill to medium.
  6. 6 Drain the potatoes, allowing to steam dry in the colander for a couple of minutes then return to the pan. Season, add half the cheese and mash roughly. You want plenty of texture to get lots of crispy bits.
  7. 7 Transfer the mince mixture to an ovenproof dish and top with the crushed potatoes. Scatter over the remaining cheese and grill for 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the potatoes begin to crisp.
  8. 8 Serve with British garden peas.

1 Review

  • Gavin

    Easily the best cottage pie ever. Cannot get enough of it. Even the kids destroy it