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6 servings
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Meal Type:
Main Dishes
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English Cottage Pie

A delicious, very traditional mince pie (beef) topped with mashed potato.



  1. Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C).
  2. To make meat filling: place a large skillet over medium heat. Crumble in ground beef and sauté 1 minute. Add onion and carrot, then continue to sauté until meat is no longer pink and onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Mix in flour, cinnamon, mixed herbs, and parsley.
  3. In a small bowl, combine beef broth, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Mix together, then add to beef mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Lower heat and simmer mixture for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almost all of liquid has been absorbed. Add peas to mixture. Spoon mixture into a 9 inch pie plate.
  5. To make potato topping: place diced potatoes in a medium saucepan. Cover with water and place over high heat. Allow to come to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain.
  6. Mash potatoes until smooth, then add butter or margarine, followed by milk. Whip until fluffy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread potatoes over beef filling. Sprinkle with grated Cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, until top is browned and cheese is bubbly.
  8. Serve with garden peas.
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This is now my husbands and daughters fav meal that I make. We love it
09 Mar 12 by member: julie95580
Love it!
29 Jan 12 by member: jenniferroo
I left out the cinnamon and added fat free sour cream in my potatoes instead of butter, but I loved this. And the serving size was satisfying.
28 Jan 12 by member: Olei
Very good! Have plenty left over for a second day!
14 Jan 12 by member: LesRoberts
The cinnamon adds such a deliciously, unique flavor.
07 Jan 12 by member: llehman
im english and dont put any cinnamon or italien seasoning in cottage pie ..basically the same otherwise using a savoury mince on the bottom and mashed potato on the top ( you can leave off the cheese topping to save calories
This was delicious! My husband and daughter both loved it. It heated up well for leftovers as well. I will definitely be making it again!!
20 Jul 11 by member: GIStacy27
Awesome meal! I wanted to cut the potatoes out so I steamed a head of cauliflower, mashed it, added salt and pepper and butter flakes. give it a try!
17 Apr 11 by member: capebear
Fantastic meal. Made for great family dinner. Replaced the cheddar with Cabot 75% fat free cheddar, the 1% milk with fat free milk, and the ground beef with ground chicken. If there is a tip I could share, peel, cube and start boiling the potatoes before starting the meat mixture. I ended up having the meat mixture waiting for the potatoes to be done and probably wasted half an hour. I’m also going to try replacing the whiter potatoes with sweet potatoes.
09 Apr 11 by member: NYShooterGuy


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Nutrition summary:

There are 287 calories in 1 serving of English Cottage Pie.
Calorie break-down: 35% fat, 34% carbs, 31% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 100
Calories 287
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 11.12g 17%
  Saturated Fat 6.335g 32%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.46g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 2.717g  
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 525mg 22%
Potassium 740mg  
Total Carbohydrate 24.58g 8%
  Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
  Sugars 5.5g  
Protein 22.15g  
Vitamin A 687% Vitamin C 165%
Calcium 75% Iron 92%
of RDI*
(287 calories)
14% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (34%)
Fat (35%)
Protein (31%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories