Bargain Banquets: Cottage Pie

This is one of those classics that is in an instant favourite, partly down to it’s simplicity and also down to it’s pure deliciousness. We kept this recipe to it’s simplest form to show you just how easily it can be done but you can spruce this up any way you see fit.


  • Five potatoes
  • 500g mince
  • One tin of tomatoes
  • One onion
  • Knob of butter
  • Splash of milk
  • One tsp mixed herbs
  • One tsp garlic granules


  1. Peel the potatoes, cut into cubes and place into a pan of boiling water.
  2. Whilst the potatoes are cooking, peel and chop the onion into small pieces and place into frying pan with mince.
  3. Fry the mince until browned and add the tomatoes.
  4. Stir together and cook on low for ten minutes.
  5. After ten minutes, drain the potatoes and mash with a knob of butter and splash of milk.
  6. Place the mince into an oven dish and layer the mash on top.
  7. Cook for about thirty minutes.

You have to admit this is a classic hearty dish which is in most households. So even though this recipe is a simple one, it’s a great place to start when you’re new to cooking or need a base to be adventurous. But don’t be and idiot and add rhubarb into things !


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