Family Favourite Easy Cottage Pie

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.

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.





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  1. 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!

      1. 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!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    1. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    1. 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

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