English Cottage Pie With Cheddar and Parsnip Mash

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by HappyBunny

I made this last night and it went down a treat! The parsnips were a great addition, as well as giving an extra vegetable to your kiddies instead of just potatoes. My daughters cleaned their plates and have asked for it again tonight. I made the mince mixture in advance which cut down cooking time in the evening. You can make it even more nutritious by adding some more diced vegetables. From Delicious magazine

Top Review by kiwidutch

We liked this. DH was a little so-so about the meat mixture but particularly liked the parsnip mash topping. I didn't mind the meat mixture but agreed with DH that it needed "something" extra as the falvour of the herbs was bearly noticable and it was a little bland. We both would have put garlic in it too as we are garlic fans. I used home made beef stock and lots of cheddar cheese on the top. For the rest I stuck to the recipe and yes, more veggies would be a nice addition to this too. Please see my rating system, a lovely 3 stars for a tasty weekday meal, but one that we would very much like to radically increase the herbs in next time. Thanks !

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/fan160ºC/gas 4.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat and add the onion and carrot and cook, stirring for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the mince, turning the heat up and cook for 5 minutes until it is completely browned; Add the tomato puree, stir for 1 minute and add the beef stock, Worcestershire sauce and thyme.
  4. Bring it to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes; Uncover and cook for a further 5-10 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed; Check the seasoning and then spoon into a 2 litre ovenproof dish.
  5. For the mash, cut the parsnips and potatoes into medium sized pieces and put into a large pan of cold salted water; Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender; Drain and return to the pan for 30 seconds to get rid of any excess moisture; Mash with the milk and nutmeg, season and set aside.
  6. Spoon the mash onto the mince; Rough it up with a fork and sprinkle with the cheese.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, until the mash is golden and crisp in places.

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