Comforting cottage pie

  • Serves 2
  • Takes 10 min to make, 40 min to cook
  • Easy
A traditional British cottage pie recipe with a baked bean twist - perfect for chilly evenings.

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 250g beef mince
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2-3 tbsp mushroom ketchup
  • 200g tin baked beans
  • 400g Sainsbury’s Ready Mashed Potato, or similar
  • 25g Lurpak Butter With Garlic, or similar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the onion, then sauté for 8-10 minutes until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the mince and brown well, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon. Add the tomato purée, mushroom ketchup, baked beans and a splash of water, then season to taste. Stir well, then bubble for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a 1 litre ovenproof dish. Carefully top with the mashed potato, then dot with the garlic butter. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes until browned and crisp on top and bubbling around the edges.

From November 2012

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