Quick cottage pie

  • for 2 people
  • Ready in 15 minutes
Turn a tin of baked beans into a much-loved traditional supper; this recipe for two is easy to double up for friends and family.

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250g good beef mince
1 small onion, chopped
415g can baked beans in tomato sauce
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
450g pack chilled, flavoured mashed potato
Serve with cooked peas


1. Heat a large, dry frying pan over a high heat. Add the beef mince and 1 small onion, chopped, and cook, stirring to break up the meat, for 3-4 minutes, until the meat is browned.
2. Stir in a 415g can baked beans in tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs, some seasoning and a good dash of water. Simmer rapidly for 3-4 minutes, until thickened. Tip into a deep, 1.2-litre baking dish. 3. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to high. Heat a 450g pack chilled, flavoured mashed potato according to the pack instructions, spoon on top of the mince and rough up the surface. Pop under the hot grill for a few minutes, until golden and bubbling.
4. Serve with cooked peas, if you like.

From February 2008

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