Main Meals

Cottage Pie

IMG_5367Today I had taken mince out of the freezer with the intention of making Chili, but once I got home it just didn’t sound appealing anymore. Instead, after sticking my head in the fridge and having a look at what was there (not much) I decided to use up the last bits of whatever I could find, hope it looks pretty, and call it Cottage Pie! This budget friendly recipe was the result. I love the fact that you get meat, veggies and carbs all in one pan. For a meatier meal, double the quantity of mince.

Serves 6


  • dash olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 500 grams of mince
  • 1 gammon steak (smoked bacon chop), finely chopped
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of lentils
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/3 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 carrots, cut into thin slices and halved
  • handful of green beans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 sachet Ina Paarman Beef Stock
  • 1 teaspoon Ina Paarman Meat Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of oregano and basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2cup hot milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • about 100 – 150 gr cheese
  • paprika to sprinkle on top

Heat oil in an oven proof pot (I love my Le Creuset Buffet) and add garlic. Fry mince (breaking it into small pieces as it cooks) and the gammon steak. While this is happening, put potato and lentils on to boil (separate pots). When the mince is brown, remove from pot and add the onion, pepper, carrots, green beans and corn. Leave to cook for a while, stirring in between. Once the veggies are mostly soft, add the meat back in, along with beef stock, meat spice, Worcestershire sauce, herbs and salt & pepper. When the lentils are soft, drain them and add to the meat and veggie mixture. Add hot water to help it cook if needed. If you don’t have an oven proof pot, then transfer the meat mixture to a casserole.

Mash potatoes and add milk, butter, salt, pepper, egg (scramble first) and cheese. Scoop the potato mixture over the meat and veggie mixture (flatten it first) and dust paprika on top to make it look pretty. Transfer your pot (or casserole) from the stove to oven and bake for about 20 minutes at 200° C.


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