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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Serves: 5


Cottage Pie

This classic dish is a family favourite and is great for batch freezing for later in the week.

Serve with extra veggies to make it go further and plenty of lovely thick gravy.


  • 1 tsp olive or cooking oil
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 150g frozen peas
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
  • 600ml beef stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • 1kg white potatoes, peeled and chopped in to 2cm cubes
  • 25g butter
  • 125ml milk
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Suitable for: CleverChef Pro 5.7LCleverChef Pro 4.8L

The Method

Select the SAUTE function and the BEEF STEAK program and press START, then add the oil and allow to heat. Add the onion and stir regularly for ~3 minutes until the onion begins to soften. Add the garlic, celery, carrots and herbs and cook for a further 1 minute.

Add the mince, season with salt and pepper and stir regularly until the program ends and the mince is nicely browned.

Add the peas and stock and stir to combine.

Insert the steamer tray and evenly spread the potatoes then close the lid.

Select the DIY function, adjust the time to 40 minutes, then press START. Close the lid but make sure the pressure valve is not closed (this is not a pressure cook program).

When cooking has finished, open the lid, remove the potatoes and mash in a bowl with some butter, milk and seasoning.

Add the mince to a serving dish and spread evenly before topping with the mashed potatoes.

Optional step: put the dish under the grill for 3-4mins to brown the potatoes and get that restaurant finish.

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