Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 271.3
  • Total Fat: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 100.0 mg
  • Sodium: 309.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 35.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.9 g
  • Protein: 23.4 g

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Just like Chef Meg's mom (who was from Britain) used to make! Just like Chef Meg's mom (who was from Britain) used to make!
Number of Servings: 4


    Potato Topping:
    2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 egg yolk

    12 ounces lean beef, 96% lean
    1 cup onions, diced
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1 teaspoon thyme, dried
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    2 cups carrots, shredded
    1 cup fresh green beans, chopped
    1/2 cup frozen corn
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock


Cottage pie and shepherd's pie are popular British meals. What's the difference? Both contain meat and vegetables and are topped with mashed potatoes; however, cottage pie contains beef, and shepherd's pie contains lamb. I like them both!

To keep the lean beef from sticking to the pan, I cook the beef and onions at the same time.

I prefer to use French-cut green beans in this recipe.

For a vegetarian version, use soy crumbles or cooked lentils and vegetable broth.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan, then cover with cold water. Cover the pot with a lid, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes, until the potatoes are soft.

While potatoes are simmering, prepare the filling. Place a large saute pan over moderate heat, add the beef and onions, and cook until the beef is no longer pink. Add the carrots, beans, spices, and tomato paste, stir to combine, and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock and corn, then stir to combine. Place the meat and vegetables into a casserole dish and set aside.

Drain the potatoes and mash well, using a potato masher or ricer. Add the egg yolk and salt. Spread or pipe on top of the meat mixture. Bake 10 minutes, until the potatoes are browned.
Serves 4.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    38 of 48 people found this review helpful
    Edible, but--in my grandmother's recipe (granddad was Irish, she was German) she used any veggies in season or that she herself had canned. The chili powder is not traditional, I don't like it in this. And the filling was runny, she added 2 Tbsp flour to thicken so it stands up the way other pies do - 3/25/11

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    32 of 48 people found this review helpful
    I find the recipes on here very hard to deal with cuz the servings are listed as 8 servings, 4 servings etc. So how big is a serving? Is it a cup or what? How about giving it in weight or a measuring size of some sort, like a cup or 8 ounces? - 10/26/11

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    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
    I went vegetarian with this using lentils to replace the meat and added mashed cauliflower to the potatoes for more potato taste, without all the calories....YUM! - 3/25/11

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    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
    My DH and I were very pleased witht his recipe! I used lowfat milk in the potatoes-about 1/4 cup instead of the egg. I also cooked the filling until the broth was almost absorbed so it wouldn't be runny. Used black pepper instead of chili powder. It's a keeper! - 11/7/11

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    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
    Variations - a tin of chopped tomato (with nothing added) or a jar of tomato passata (nothing added).
    Reduce the GI,mix the potato with carrot and turnip, or cauliflower. Use skim milk instead of egg yolk.
    Less work:a pack of frozen veg (diced carrot, sweetcorn, peas). Or just frozen peas.
    No chi
    - 3/25/11