Budget recipe binder – Tamsin’s quick cottage pie

calendar18 February 2015

Laura Thomas's avatar Laura Thomas

Budget recipe binder – Tamsin’s quick cottage pie

Try Tamsin's quick cottage pie recipe out this weekend – a hearty and tasty dish that the whole family will love!

Tamsin says: 'This is one of my mum’s old staples. Frozen mince is a great way to be able to cook bolognese, chilli and cottage pie on a budget. Using vegetable soup may seem a bit of a cheat, but it makes this recipe really quick and tasty – perfect for busy family life!

Preparation time: 15 minutes, cooking time: 60 minutes, serves: 4-5
Total cost : approx. £3.05*

1tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 carrot or any other veg you need to use up, chopped (optional)
500g frozen beef mince
1 tin vegetable soup
1tbsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)
800g potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
50ml milk
25g butter/margarine
50g grated cheese
Salt and pepper

Put the potatoes in a large pan and cover with boiling water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large pan and add the onion. Fry for 5 minutes until soft and then add the carrots or other veg (if using). After a further 2 minutes, add the mince and fry until brown. Add the soup and Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper.
Use the soup tin to add a splash more water to the pan (this way you can swish it around and get all the soupy goodness out the tin!).
Leave to bubble away slowly while you prepare the mash.
Drain the potatoes and add the milk, butter, and some salt and pepper. Mash until fairly smooth.
Pour the pie filling into an overproof dish and carefully spoon the potato on top to cover the pie (I smooth it with a fork to give a pretty rough finish in order to get lots of nice crunchy bits!) If you're using cheese, sprinkle this over the top.
Bake at 200ºC for 30 minutes, until golden and bubbling.
Serve with some crunchy greens and enjoy!

*Prices from Tesco, correct at time of publishing

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