So this recipe is super simple, with only 6 ingredients & most probably ingredients that you will have already in your pantry, fridge & freezer. So here it is... a super simple Cottage Pie, which is a meal in itself & usually a hit with the kids!
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes Ingredients / serves 4
- 500 g beef mince (you can use a combination of pork/lamb/beef - whatever is on hand)
- 750 ml bottle of tomato pasta sauce
- 2 cups frozen mixed vegetable (whichever vegies your kids will eat)
- mashed potato (4 lge potatoes - white or sweet)
- ½ cup grated cheese
- optional: herbs e.g. thyme or oregano
Place mince in a bowl and mix in a little oil. Heat a large frypan until moderately hot, crumble in the mince. Brown the mince, breaking up any lumps with a fork.
2. Stir in the tomato pasta sauce and vegetables. Reduce heat, cover and simmer the beef mixture for 10 minutes. (I like to add a few herbs in here like Thyme or Oregano)
3. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Combine the mashed potato and cheese.
4. Spoon the beef mixture into a shallow baking dish. Spoon the mash over the beef, spread it out, and rough the mash up a little with a fork. Cook uncovered for about 20-25 minutes or until thoroughly hot.
- Sneak in an extra serve of vegies. Cottage pie is an all-time favourite with kids. It’s also a great way to ensure they get an extra serve of vegetables. After browning the mince, add a finely grated zucchini and a good handful of very finely chopped mushrooms. Cook stirring for about 2 minutes before you add the remaining ingredients.
- Freeze mince you don’t intend to use. Uncooked mince can be frozen for 2-3 months. Rather than freezing loose mince in roundish shape as bought from the butcher lay it out flat to freeze. This is important as it allows the mince to freeze evenly and it allows the mince to thaw evenly. Cooked mince dishes can also be frozen for later use.
- Thaw frozen mince (and any meat) in the fridge, on the lowest shelf below and or away from any ready to eat food. And only thaw in the microwave if using the mince immediately afterwards.