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Beef, carrot and gravy pie in a casserole dish, topped with mashed potato

Classic cottage pie

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Serves 4


  • 1kg potatoes, washed and cut into chunks
  • 350g extra-lean minced beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 courgette, finely chopped
  • 100g green beans, chopped
  • 50g sweetcorn
  • 450ml cold water
  • 4 teaspoons reduced-salt gravy granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper


  1. Cook the potatoes in a large saucepan of boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan and add the minced beef a handful at a time, cooking until browned.
  3. Stir in the onion, carrot, courgette, green beans and mixed herbs. Add 450ml water and bring to the boil. Simmer without a lid for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat the grill and warm a large baking dish under it for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and mash the potatoes, seasoning them with some pepper.
  5. Add the sweetcorn to the mince mixture, then sprinkle in the gravy granules, stirring until thickened. Season if needed, then tip into the baking dish.
  6. Spoon the mash on top, spreading it out to cover the mince, and grill for a few minutes until browned. Serve immediately.


To make a veggie version, swap in vegetarian mince and gravy granules.

Try grating the courgette for a different texture.

Nutritional information

Per portion

  • 1,531kJ / 363kcal
  • 25.5g protein
  • 5.3g fat, of which 2.6g saturates
  • 49.7g carbohydrate, of which 5.6g sugars
  • 7.2g fibre
  • 0.8g salt

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Dietary advice

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