My delicious cottage pie recipe – Beef and root vegetables in a rich gravy, topped with mashed potatoes and melted cheese.
The great thing about this cottage pie recipe is that it’s so flexible. This is my favourite way to make it, but if I’ve got different vegetables to use up in the fridge then I’ll happily chuck those in instead.
The other great thing is that it’s packed full of healthy vegetables, so gives you two of your five-a-day. Serve it with lots of peas (as I like to do) then you’re up to three.
This cottage pie recipe can easily be multiplied to serve more people or to make extra to chill or freeze to save for later. The only ingredient that you shouldn’t simply multiply is the stock, you should keep the amount of stock about the same as it is here (if you multiply it up it won’t reduce down and your pie filling will be very wet).
If you want to freeze the pie to save for later, freeze it before baking. I tend to freeze the potato and filling separately and then defrost them and assemble. I prefer to do it this way as it means I don’t lose one of my baking trays into the freezer until I’m ready to eat the pie. However, you can freeze it assembled if you prefer. Just make sure you defrost it fully in the fridge before cooking.
One of the rules I set myself when I started Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen was that I would be as exact as possible with the weights and measures for my ingredients. I get quite frustrated when I’m cooking something new and I’m asked to add a knob of butter or a pinch of salt, I like things to be exact. I’d rather include more information than people need, so that a complete beginner can follow one of my recipes, then if someone more experienced comes along they can ignore the detail if they want. However, I’ve found it a real challenge to stick to this rule when writing this recipe. When I make cottage pie at home I tend to just put in what feels about right. I’ve had to make myself weigh everything this week just to be able to add them here.
Cottage pie nutritional information per serving*
* This is the estimated nutritional information per portion including the nutrition as a percentage of an adult’s reference intake. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.