Family Favourite Easy Cottage Pie

I know that cottage pie is made with beef and shepherds pie is made with lamb.  But in my house it is shepherds pie whichever I use.

Today I am making my family favourite cottage/shepherds pie, as to me it is my comfort food. We all have our own ways of making this. So thought I would share my recipe, which is quick and easy, following in my recent quick and easy family favourite meals.

shepherds pie

Table of Contents


TBeef Mince

Diced Onion 

2 x beef oxo cubes

1 x tin baked beans

Ground Pepper

No salt gravy granules

Boiling Water



Step 1

peel and boil potatoes in salted water until soft and ready for mashing.

Step 2

Fry the mince an diced onion, for quickness I always have frozen diced onion in the freezer and just add a handful or so of this.

Step 3

Once the mince is cooked sprinkle in 2 oxo cubes and add pepper.

Stir in the baked beans

Step 4

Add boiling water and mix thoroughly and then add gravy granule. I use reduced salt as the oxo cube add enough salt for the recipe.

Bring to the boil.

Step 5

Transfer to your oven proof dish

Step 6

Your potatoes should be ready for mashing, to make this job easier and get smooth creamy mashed potato I use an electric masha which I featured in my 2019 Christmas Gift Guide. This has to be my favourite kitchen gadget.

Place the mashed potato over your mince

Step 7

Put in the oven to crisp up the potato and serve

You can add grated cheese to the mash for a cheesy option.

How do you make yours?

Have you seen my other quick and easy family favourite recipes

Easy Ribs

Easy Pesto Pasta

If you have some family favourite recipes you would like to share, I would love to try and feature them.

Family Favourite Easy Cottage Pie





About Author

I am Sam and owner of StressedMum, I hope you enjoyed reading my latest post, I always love to read comments from my readers


  • Aimee AMALA
    6th May 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Oh your recipes always look so scrumptious! I am going to try and make my partner make this. Great meal ideas for all the family!

    • admin
      7th May 2021 at 9:33 am

      Thank you I hope you enjoy it

      • Jo | My Anxious Life
        9th May 2021 at 4:53 pm

        Mmm I do love a cottage pie, especially one with a crispy cheesy top. And it’s great to have comfort food dishes you can cook for the whole family!

        • admin
          10th May 2021 at 9:10 am

          I love proper comfort food and love a crispy cheesy top on mine as well

  • Nigel Soper
    6th May 2021 at 8:21 pm

    I family favourite in our family -hooray for real British food.

    • admin
      7th May 2021 at 9:30 am

      Who doesn’t like good old fashioned comfort food

  • Chloe
    6th May 2021 at 8:44 pm

    This is an interesting recipe, I’ve never put baked beans in my recipe before but may have to give this a try! 🙂

    • admin
      7th May 2021 at 9:29 am

      My family love it and it makes it much richer I hope you like it when you try it

  • michelle twin mum
    6th May 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I’ve never put baked beans in ours but my husband likes them on the side, along with crusty bread, so I suspect we’d like them in the pie too.

    • admin
      7th May 2021 at 9:27 am

      I have no idea when I started this but my family love it

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    6th May 2021 at 11:05 pm

    This is such an easy recipe to make! I am gonna give this a try as my version takes almost 2 and half hours to make

    • admin
      7th May 2021 at 9:25 am

      I would rarely make it it took that long lol, I am for quick and easy meals especially as we have my parents living with us and they eat separately so I like to be out of the kitchen before they go in there

  • Margaret Gallagher
    7th May 2021 at 2:23 am

    Quick easy and delicious – a family favourite here too

    • admin
      7th May 2021 at 9:22 am

      It is one of those meals that is pure comfort food

  • Carly Belsey
    7th May 2021 at 5:04 am

    I absolutely love cottage pie but I am really naughty and I put lots of grated cheese under the potato, sounds odd but tastes amazing!

    • admin
      7th May 2021 at 9:20 am

      I have not tried it that way, I will have to give this a go next time I make it

  • Rebecca Smith
    7th May 2021 at 9:34 am

    This is such a tasty recipe. We love a cottage pie in our house but don’t get around to making it all too often.

    • admin
      7th May 2021 at 10:54 am

      We love it as well, I don’t mind making it but hate peeling potatoes for some reason

  • Rhian+westbury
    7th May 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Cottage pie is one of our classic dishes at home and it’s one of my fiances specialities, you can’t go wrong with one x

    • admin
      7th May 2021 at 12:50 pm

      It is a classic dish and you are right you can not go wrong with it, there are so many varieties and everyone has their own version as well

  • laura hayes
    7th May 2021 at 3:14 pm

    I love this classic dish, as does the whole family

  • sandy lynn ralph
    11th May 2021 at 2:29 pm

    just how i do mine , so yummy

    • admin
      11th May 2021 at 2:32 pm

      It is my favourite comfort food 🙂


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