Easy English Cottage Pie


A proper English cottage pie made with ground beef, carrots, and onions and topped with mashed potato. Serve with garden peas.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
1 9x13-inch casserole


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 3 carrots, diced

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 ½ cups beef broth

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 1 cup milk

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ pound shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add onion and carrot; cook and stir until onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Mix in flour, Italian seasoning, and cinnamon. Stir in parsley.

  2. Combine beef broth and tomato paste together in a jug; add to beef mixture. Season with salt and pepper; lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Meanwhile, place diced potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with water and place over high heat. Bring to a boil and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes; drain. Mash potatoes until smooth, then add milk and butter; whip until fluffy. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Spoon ground beef mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish; spread mashed potatoes on top and sprinkle with grated Cheddar cheese.

  6. Bake in preheated oven until top is browned and cheese is bubbly, about 25 minutes.

    close up view of Proper English Cottage Pie in a cast iron pan
    Jason Verdo

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

513 Calories
31g Fat
35g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 513
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 16g 79%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 491mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 34mg 169%
Calcium 244mg 19%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 1085mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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