Quick cottage pie

  • Serves 2 people
  • Ready in 15 minutes
  • Easy
The secret ingredient in this quick cottage pie is a tin of baked beans. This comfort food recipe can easily be doubled up if your feeding 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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