Recipe for Cottage Pie With Ground Beef Mince

Updated on June 10, 2020
How to - Answers profile image

L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She creates delicious recipes and has plenty of dinner and desserts to share.

How to make this Cottage Pie Recipe
How to make this Cottage Pie Recipe | Source

How to Make the Best Cottage Pie

One of the nicest dinners to make with ground beef mince is a cottage pie. If you are looking for dinner ideas, then this is one of those recipes that is quick, easy, and very tasty. I will share the basic recipe, and then I will list other possible ingredients you can use to adjust the recipe to your own taste. Along the way, I will provide step-by-step instructions, photos, and videos.

Ingredients for a cottage pie recipe
Ingredients for a cottage pie recipe | Source


  • 500g (1 pound) ground beef mince
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • Oxo beef stock cube
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Butter
  • Milk

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Peel and cut up the onions into small pieces.
  3. Take a large pot, and add the oil to heat.
  4. Add the onions and cook until golden brown.
  5. Add the mince ground beef gradually stirring all the time.
  6. When the mince is brown add boiling water that just covers the meat.
  7. Leave to simmer, stirring occasionally.
  8. Peel and grate one of the carrots and add to the pot.
  9. Peel and cut up the other carrot into small squares and add to the pot.
  10. Add the beef cube by crumbling up over the pot and stirring in to avoid any lumps.
  11. Leave to simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  12. Add the frozen peas and simmer for an extra 10 minutes.
  13. Turn off the heat and leave in the pot to cool off.
  14. Take out an appropriate oven dish and add the pie mixture from the pot.

To make ridges, use the edge of the spoon to lift the potato slightly up in some places.
To make ridges, use the edge of the spoon to lift the potato slightly up in some places. | Source

How to Make the Mashed Potato Topping

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut each one into four even pieces.
  2. Add to a pot with cold water. Bring to the boil.
  3. Lower the heat down so the potatoes are simmering for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and drain the water from the pot.
  5. Add some milk and butter to the potatoes and mash them. The mash needs to be more loose than normal so you can spread it onto the pie. Add more milk gradually until you have it just right.
  6. Add the mashed potatoes to the pie by gradually placing tablespoons of it along the dish.
  7. Using the back of the spoon pull the potatoes along until the dish is covered evenly. To make the ridges like I have in the photo below, use the edge of the spoon to lift the potato slightly up in some places.
  8. Put in the middle part of the oven for 30 minutes at 200C, or 180C if a fan oven.

If you want, you can put the pie dish under the grill, but I prefer to put it in the oven. The oven is able to heat up the ingredients and cooks the topping all the way through. You still get that lovely crispy taste to the potatoes.

Extra Ingredients

You can add parsley, mixed herbs, tomatoes, or tomato puree to the pot as you are cooking the mince filling. You can also add a dash of Worcestershire or Tobago sauce. It all depends on your individual taste. I prefer mine with just the ingredients I have used in this recipe, but the filling of the pie can be changed around all the time if you wish.

The potato topping can be changed by adding half the amount of potatoes and cooking some parsnips or turnips for the other half. Or once you have spread the potatoes on top of the pie you can grate some cheese over it.

Salt and Pepper

I do not add salt and pepper for health reasons relating to some of my family. For those of us who are allowed salt we add it when it is dished up on our individual plates. The cottage pie would taste better if you add the salt and pepper in the mince and in the potatoes as you cook them if you can.

Homemade cottage pie fresh from the oven
Homemade cottage pie fresh from the oven | Source

How to Freeze Cottage Pie

I used 650 grams of mince when I cooked the above cottage pie because I wanted to freeze some of it. I made two family size cottage pies and one smaller one. I let the pie filling go completely cold in the two oven dishes I would cook them in later. I placed a large plastic bag over them and put them in the freezer.


When I know I want to have cottage pie for that evening's dinner, I take the filling out of the freezer and put it in the fridge that morning to defrost. Then I cook the potatoes and add to the filling. I put it in a preheated oven for 30 minutes at the low heat of 140 c and then higher it to 200 c for another 20 minutes.

Cottage Pie

5 stars from 2 ratings of My Cottage Pie Recipe


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Casangel profile image


      2 years ago

      I love your recipes . I tried this and my grandsons loved it . Grating the carrots was a good idea as they didnt know they where in it and one grandson asked for more , so thank you very much .

    • How to - Answers profile imageAUTHOR

      L M Reid 

      2 years ago from Ireland

      Hello Thelma, Yes it has its own unique taste. It is very easy to make and would taste so much better than shop bought

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      2 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yummy! I love cottage pie but I have not tried to make one. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • viking305 profile image

      L M Reid 

      4 years ago from Ireland

      Love to eat this dish on a cold night

    • How to - Answers profile imageAUTHOR

      L M Reid 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      Hello Patsy, yes this really is a very easy recipe to cook and very healthy.

      I use ground beef mince in a lot of dinners I make and it is so tasty and handy.

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and the shares and votes

    • Patsybell profile image

      Patsy Bell Hobson 

      5 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      This looks like a great thing to do with leftover mashed potatoes. I like your easy version of Shepherd's Pie. Adding ingredients to grocery list. Voted Up, Tweet, Pinned.

    • How to - Answers profile imageAUTHOR

      L M Reid 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      Cottage Pie is a quick dish to make and tastes great.

      Thank you CyberShelley, raymondphilippe, prasetio30 and creativelycc for taking the time to leave a comment. it is much appreciated

    • creativelycc profile image

      Carrie L Cronkite 

      5 years ago from Maine

      Looks delicious and very easy to make. Great recipe!

    • prasetio30 profile image


      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      It sound delicious. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to make it soon with my mom. Good job and voted up!


    • raymondphilippe profile image

      Raymond Philippe 

      6 years ago from The Netherlands

      Loved reading your Ground Beef Mince recipe. Seems very doable even for cooks with two left hands like I have. Thanks for sharing.

    • CyberShelley profile image

      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      Wow you have gone overboard and given us so much here. Thank you for these wonderful recipes and great ideas on how to improve our standard Cottage Pie.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)