This is my version of a classic English cottage pie - the comforting dish that we all love! [Recipe originally submitted to]


Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr
1 hr 20 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and beef. Cook and stir until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add stock, peas, carrots, tomato paste, parsley, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer until carrots are tender, about 20 minutes.

  • While beef mixture is cooking, place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain. Add Cheddar cheese and butter to the pot and mash together with the potatoes.

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

  • Spoon beef mixture into a baking dish. Top with potato-cheese mash.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

This cottage pie freezes well; assemble the pie and freeze before baking. Once you're ready to bake, simply throw it in the oven straight from the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

501 calories; protein 19.1g; carbohydrates 41.3g; fat 29.4g; cholesterol 78.3mg; sodium 306.2mg. Full Nutrition

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4.30.18 I followed this recipe to the letter except for adding a good shake of sriracha (personal taste preference). I ve made other shepherd s pie recipes on this site and it seems to me that the ratio of potatoes to meat is off a bit. I didn t think my potatoes were huge but I ended up with a casserole that was about 1/3 meat filling and 2/3 potatoes just too many potatoes for my taste. Typically shepherd s pie is cut into squares for serving. If you want to serve it this way you ll have to let it sit for about 15 minutes after it comes out of the oven to firm up otherwise you ll be spooning it onto a plate or in a bowl. From an eye appeal perspective I didn t care for the orangish potato color from the cheddar (white cheddar would eliminate this) and I didn t think it added much to the flavor. This tasted pretty good but it s simply not my favorite version of this dish so most likely I won t be making this again. Read More