For just 70p per portion, you can’t go wrong with this delicious and belly warming cottage pie!

cottage pie

Right, that’s it, I am officially flipping freezing, so that means warm wholesome grub for dinner,any Salad’s can seriously jog on (sadly, they never actually entered my life this summer, but the thought was thereĀ !).

I picked up three packets of minced steak at M&S a couple of weeks back for 95p each, and now that all the pumpkins are cheap as chips, I thought I would Pull a mince out of the freezer and do a jazzy cottage pie. Do you know the difference between a shepherds pie and a cottage pie?

Cottage pie is a fab meal for kids, as you can hide sooooooo many things in there and the kids won’t know a thing !. In this dish I have put in a cup of lentils in with the mince and mashed the pumpkin in with the potato.


You will need….

I packet of good quality mince beef

I small pumpkin

1 finely diced onion

1 packet of new potatoes

30g butter

1/4 cup of milk

1 cup red lentils

1 tbsp. mustard

1 tbsp. tomato puree

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

3 oxo cubes

1 glass of red wine

parmesan cheese or cheddar


Firstly slice the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds and centre, (as shown)

slice off the skin, which is quite a tough job and cut of the top and bottom stalk.


Slice the pumpkin as shown and place it on some baking paper, pour over some olive oil, season and pop in a medium pre heated oven for about 15 minutes or until brown and soft as above.


Dice your potatoes and leave them in the skins, put them in some cold salted water and bring to the boil until soft.


Drain and then add the pumpkin, butter and milk and then mash, but if you want a rustic feel, then leave the potatoes a bit chunky. Put this to the side to cool.


In a large pan fry the onion in a little oil until it is nice and soft and then add the lentils, fry this for a further 30 seconds and then add the meat and cook until browned off.

Add the mustard, S&P, tomato puree, oxo and wine and stir well. Add a cup of water and cover, cook on a gentle simmer for about 15 minutes and then transfer the mince to a baking dish.


Add the cooled potatoes to the top of the mince and try and spread this out evenly.

Put a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a pinch of S&P over the top and pop this into the oven until the top is nice and golden.


So there you have it, a jazzed up and tasty belly warmer, I have added a side of pan fried Sprouts and bacon, which is easy to make (see the link below) and really compliments a fulfilling and delicious cottage pie.

I hope that you all enjoy eating this.

Kelly X

Try this for a healthy but tasty meal.