Cottage Pie

Let's make cottage pie

Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
45 minutes

1 quantity bolognese sauce

3 large potatoes (about 700g)

1 small tin (220g) reduced salt and sugar baked beans

A little milk and a knob of butter or unsaturated margarine for mashing the potatoes.

Chopping board


Vegetable peeler (or use knife)

2 saucepans, 1 with lid

Tin opener

Potato masher

Ovenproof dish

Cottage pie

Put the oven on to gas mark 4 (180°C/350°F) so it can heat up. Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks. Add to a saucepan of boiling water, cover with a lid and cook for 15-20 minutes until soft.

Boiling potatoes

Add the baked beans to the bolognese sauce, and heat through. Drain the potatoes, and mash with a little milk and butter or unsaturated margarine.

sauce and potatoes cooking

Put the cooked minced beef into an ovenproof dish and cover evenly with the mashed potato. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the top is golden.

Cottage Pie
Serving suggestions
  • Serve with vegetables such as green beans and cauliflower
Top tips
  • Children enjoy using a fork to make patterns on the mashed potato before it goes in the oven
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Bolognese sauce
Bolognese sauce

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