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Cottage Pie

cottage pie on a blue rimmed plate

cottage pie

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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
budget meals
cheap family recipes
minced beef
Dairy Free
Freezes Well
Servings: 4
Cost per portion 69p
Calories: 506.67kcal
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  • 240 g onions diced
  • 300 g mince
  • 80 g oat instant oat cereal
  • 320 g carrots grated
  • 2 cans tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chilli
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 kg potatoes (250g per person)


  • Slice and boil 1kg potatoes. Slices need to be approx 3-5mm.
  • Fry onions, spices and mince together until onion is softened and meat is browned off.
  • Chop tomatoes in the can with your knife and then tip the tomatoes and juice into your pan.
  • Add grated carrot and the oats and keep stirring until the oats have cooked out and absorbed the tomatoey juices and the grated carrot has disappeared.
  • Transfer from your pan to your oven dish.
  • Top with sliced, boiled potatoes.
  • Place in oven at gas mark 6 until tops of potatoes have browned, approximately 15 mins.
  • Serve with 80g peas per person.


The salt value excludes any you have added yourself, as each family's tastes will differ
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Nutrition Facts
cottage pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 506.67 Calories from Fat 17
% Daily Value*
Fat 1.86g3%
Saturated Fat 0.35g2%
Sodium 502.51mg22%
Potassium 1448.5mg41%
Carbohydrates 114.11g38%
Fiber 13.38g56%
Sugar 57.14g63%
Protein 12.29g25%
Vitamin A 13364.8IU267%
Vitamin C 38.79mg47%
Calcium 125.6mg13%
Iron 9.31mg52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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