Cottage Pie

  • Servings : 10
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 35m

I am slowly venturing into more of the “family foods” for Harry. He is accepting the new textures well so it will be great when we can feed him what we are eating each night. This is a mini cottage pie, and with a bit of salt and pepper I would have happily eaten the lot.

I hope your babies enjoy it as much as Harry did.

Tip: I sometimes add some sweet potato or parsnip to the potato mixture

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  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 3 tbs milk
  • 5 tbs grated cheese
  • 1 tbs vege oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ½ clove garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup good quality tomato paste (or make your own)
  • 1 zucchini, peeled and grated
  • ¼ cup frozen baby peas
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 200g lean minced beef
  • 150 ml unsalted stock or water
  • ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves or a pinch of dried thyme


Step 1

Place the potatoes (and sweet pot/parsnip if using), cover with water, bring to the boil and cook until tender. Drain and mash together with the butter, cheese and milk -

Step 2

Heat half the oil in a saucepan and cook the onion over a low heat for a few minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook gently  -

Step 3

Add the grated carrot and zucchini, and cook together for 5 minutes  -

Step 4

Heat remaining oil in a separate fry pan, cook mince until browned, stirring occasionally. Add to the vege mixture -

Step 5

Pour over the tomato paste and stock and add the thyme and peas. Cover and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes -

Step 6

Serve mince covered in mash potato. Divide remaining mince mixture into freezer pots and top with mashed potato -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Lauren on April 23, 2012

    Yumm! I will have to try this recipe!

  2. posted by Kyra on January 28, 2014

    This was a total winner in our house. I used sweet potato for the mash and added broccoli instead of peas. My 12 month old is going through a fussy stage. He’s barely eaten more than a mouthful of any one thing at each meal, but for this dish he ate several mouthfuls and hubby was searching the kitchen for a second helping. Yum, yum. Thanks to you!

    • posted by Allie on January 28, 2014

      Thanks Kyra, thats great to hear 🙂 Ax


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