As a disclaimer, I will admit cottage pie is not a healthy meal, but it is great for giving you those good feels in your soul with this classic. Whenever I’m in a rut, or it’s a rainy, dreary day, nothing makes me feel more cozy and warm than this childhood favorite. The only difference between cottage pie and shepherd’s pie is the used meat; shepherds look after sheep, so that dish uses lamb. When you hear the phrase meat and potatoes, it doesn’t get much more exact than this dish. Personally, I use this dish to get my children to eat more vegetables, so if you run into that issue, give this meal a try. For more great recipes and fitness routines or tips, head over to BalanceKG, where we have all the information you need to live a happier and healthier life.

Cottage Pie Ingredients

  • Potatoes – 3 peeled and cubed
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • 2% Milk – 3/4 cup
  • Olive Oil – 1/2 tbsp
  • Onion – 1 diced
  • Carrots – 3 peeled and diced
  • Garlic – 2 cloves minced
  • Ground Beef – 1 pound
  • Flour – 1 tbsp
  • Tomato Paste – 2 tbsp
  • Beef Broth – 1 cup
  • Worcestershire – 1 tsp
  • Rosemary – 1 tsp chopped
  • Peas – 1 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Pepper – to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Make mashed potatoes, adding salt, pepper, and butter. Set aside
  3. In a large pan, over medium heat, add the olive oil
  4. Add the diced onion, diced carrots and minced garlic. cook for approximately 5 minutes
  5. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink
  6. Mix in the flour and tomato paste, stirring until combined
  7. Add the beef broth, Worchestershire and rosemary, simmer for 15 minutes
  8. Add peas, salt and pepper
  9. Pour the mixture into a large baking dish, spread in an even layer
  10. Cover the contents with an even layer of mashed potatoes
  11. Bake for 20 minutes

*As a tasty, albeit not healthy addition, cover the top of the mashed potatoes with your favorite cheese before the final bake.