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Cheesy bean cottage pie

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Cheesy bean cottage pie

Main Serves 4 1h 5 min
Rich, aromatic meat and beans topped with fluffy mash. A tin of baked beans is a good, easy way of making a cottage pie go a little further. It should be one that the kids will like. Eat with savoy cabbage or kale, or chilli and herb crushed swede and carrot.


  • 1 tbsp oil for frying, e.g. vegetable or sunflower
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 450g minced beef
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 150ml water
  • 400g tin baked beans
  • 1kg potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 50g butter
  • splash of milk
  • 50g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 50 min
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6.
  • Step 2

    Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion. Gently fry for about 8-10 minutes, until translucent. Turn up the heat, add the mince and brown all over. Add the tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and water.
  • Step 3

    Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the beans, stir to combine and season.
  • Step 4

    Transfer to a baking dish. While cooking the mince, cook the potatoes in a large pan of salted boiling water until they are just soft (about 8 minutes).
  • Step 5

    Drain, then mash with the butter and a splash of milk. Season to taste and spread over the mince, using a fork to fluff up the mash.
  • Step 6

    Sprinkle over the cheese and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the cheese has melted and turned golden, and the mash is starting to crisp on top.

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