Traditional cottage pie

Traditional cottage pie

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 617kcal


For the meat layer:

For the potato layer:


  • Cook the potatoes in boiling water in a large pot until tender, about 30 minutes. While waiting for the potatoes to cook, you can work on the next steps.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add beef, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook until the beef is no longer pink, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon and stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
  • Add diced onions, celery, and carrots to the pan. Cook until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add beef stock, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce to the pan, stirring well as it simmers. Reduce heat to medium-low and let it continue to simmer until the sauce is thicker, about 15 minutes.
  • When the potatoes have finished cooking, drain well. Add butter and parmesan cheese to the pot with the drained potatoes. Mash until smooth.
  • Add the meat mixture to a 2 quart baking dish, flattening it along the bottom. Spoon the potatoes over the meat, using a fork to rough up the potato surface. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake at 400 F until the peaks of the potatoes are crispy, about 30 minutes. Garnish with chives and freshly ground black pepper.