Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Now this is REAL comfort food - its Simple to make and tastes wonderful and if necessary you can stretch it that bit further with more vegetables in the filling

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan; add the diced onion, carrot, garlic and mushrooms, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add beef to pan and cook stirring with a fork until sealed and brown.
  3. Add the stock, bay leaf, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer gently for an hour, reducing liquid and thicken if necessary. Place in ovenproof pie dish and allow to cool.
  5. Cook potato, with the 1 diced onion. When cooked, mash the potato, adding the milk, parsley, pepper and salt to taste.
  6. Spread the mash evenly over the meat.
  7. Place in hot (200c) oven for approximately 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Serve with other cooked vegetables.
  9. Note: for a nice variation, you can add some grated cheese to the mash, stir in well and proceed as usual.
Most Helpful

Simply luscious! I can't wait to try it as written, but had leftover turkey and mashed potatoes so made a few changes. I used turkey broth, carrots, onions, celery and peas. I made the broth with a bay leaf, and I did thicken it with flour and lots of turkey chunks. Also, I added an egg to the leftover mashed potatoes, my mom always did that, so I do too. Thanks, Joy for letting me play with your recipe! Made for Make my Recipe Reunion, 2012

pammyowl November 23, 2012

First time I ever had a Cottage Pie and I can tell you that it won't be the last. Thank you JoyfulCook for sharing this delicious recipe. It was easy to make with excellent results. The flavor of the meat is exceptional, we really enjoyed it. I used a combination of leeks and sweet onion with the meat and green onions in the mashed potatoes. Loved the flavor that the bay leaf adds to the dish. I will be making this again often, into my keeper box, this goes. :)

Baby Kato July 20, 2010

I agree with an earlier reviewer that this recipe is bland. First of all, and I knew this going in, cooking the meat & vegetable mixture for an hour, then baking it, completely cooked out the flavors, even though I added more seasoning than called for. I even made the tomato paste from my own delicious greenhouse tomatoes. If I make this again, I will reduce the stock separately of the meat, which I will add to the reduced stock and vegetables at the end. I made my own garlic/chive mashed potatoes, which have nothing to do with this recipe, and they are the best part.

annwhal January 29, 2015