Winter Beef Cottage Pie

Weekend Delights

Enjoy the comforting flavours of this Winter Beef Cottage Pie, with its rich beef filling and creamy mashed potato topping. It’s the perfect dish to warm you up on a chilly winter night. Serve it with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad for a complete meal.

Beef Cottage Pie

4-6 Serving

60 Minutes

483 Calories


  • 500g ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 500g potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 50g butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)


  • Step 1: Preheat your oven to 180°C. In a large skillet or frying pan, heat some oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and diced carrots. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Add the minced garlic and ground beef to the skillet. Cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned and cooked through.
  • Step 2: Stir in the tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Simmer the mixture for 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavours to meld together.
  • Step 3: Add the carrots, beans celery, and mushrooms to the pot. Stir and cook for a few minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Meanwhile, place the diced potatoes in a large pot of salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender about 10-15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.
  • Step 4: Add back the browned lamb to the pot and stir in the tomato paste. Cook for another minute to coat the meat and vegetables with the paste.
  • Step 5: our in the beef or vegetable broth and red wine (optional). Add the bay leaves and dried thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the stew to a simmer, then cover the pot with a lid and transfer it to the preheated oven.
  • Step 6: Add the butter and milk to the pot of potatoes. Mash until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Step 7: Transfer the beef mixture to a baking dish or individual ovenproof dishes. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top, covering the beef completely. You can use a fork to create a pattern on the surface. Sprinkle-grated cheddar cheese on top if desired.
  • Step 8: Place the baking dish(es) in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbling. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.