Cottage Pie

The key is in its simplicity: good-quality beef, fantastic mashed potato, cooked with care and attention, and fresh peas.

 

Serves 4

Ingredients

1kg charlotte potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

600g lean beef mince, free-range organic

4 ladles of mixed veg soup

Salt and pepper

300g salted butter, cut into cubes

warm milk, to taste

Method

Preheat the oven to 190°C

Heat a large sauté pan until hot. Add the olive oil and fry the beef until just browned.

 

Add the   mixed veg soup   you may need a little more or less depending on how much sauce you likeCook for 10 minutes until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened a little. Tip the mince into a baking dish and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, make the mash. Run the cut up potatoes under cold water to wash off surface starch. In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes in cold water, bring to the boil and simmer until tender.

Drain the potatoes and run them under cold water until completely cool.

Tip the potatoes into a ricer and rice the potatoes over a bowl containing the butter. Add in a little warm milk, salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon the mash over the top of the mince, fluffing the top with a fork. If you're making this to freeze, cover in clingfilm and place in the freezer. Otherwise, place in the oven for 10–15 minutes, until the mash is golden-brown and piping hot throughout.

 

Serve with carrots and peas.

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