I adore it. Absolutely adore it. Buttery mash, thick oozy gravy, tender mince! Heaven!! However the way I usually make my cottage pie would probably break my diet. Lots of butter and wrong!
So today I decided to make a healthier version. This recipe feeds 4 (+ 2 little ones at a stretch) and was absolutely devoured by both me and my daughter.
I have worked out the calories for you and for one serving there is only 360 calories! Awesome!
Cottage Pie topped with Carrot and Swede mash
Lean beef mince (or turkey mince if you want to be super healthy) 450-500g pack would be perfect. For this recipe I used 450g.
A pack of carrot and swede diced veg (all supermarkets do these and they are very cheap, cheaper than buying seperately) the pack I used was 600g.
Half a garlic clove or 1/2tsp garlic puree
1 large onion chopped
1 courgette grated finely (secret veg hiding!)
2 x dessert spoon of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce
1 x tsp Marmite or bovril
1 x tsp tomato puree
1x tsp mixed herbs
1 x beef stock cube
If you want a thick gravy you can add gravy granules too. I added 4 dessert spoons of reduced salt beef bisto granules. Makes the gravy gorgeous and thick! If you have leftover gravy from your sunday roast that'd be even more perfect!
- Set the carrot and swede on to boil
- Sweat off the onions in fry light or minimal oil
- Add the garlic and courgette and cook out for 2 minutes
- Add the mince and brown off, usually 5 minutes
- Add the tomato puree, lea and perrins, marmite, oxo cube and gravy granules if using.
- Add some water, around 50mls should do it.
- At this point preheat oven to 180degrees
- Cook the mince mixture on a nice low heat for around 5 minutes
- The carrot and swede should now be cooked, take off the heat, drain and mash.
- Pop the mince into an ovenproof dish, top with the mash and spread out so it covers it evenly.
- Put in oven until the mince is bubbling beautifully and the mash has started to crisp up. It all depends on your oven but it usually takes about 10 minutes in mine.
- Dish up and delight in its easiness and health benefits (vs. a traditional cottage pie!)