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Cottage Pie Recipe

Updated: Nov 19, 2018

Here is another one of our favourite recipes that is enjoyed by the whole family! Make this another opportunity to include chopped fresh herbs in your meals. Fresh herbs are very effective antioxidants and should be used liberally every day in your cooking for added health benefits. Any day cooking without fresh herbs is a lost “healthy cooking” opportunity and they are so easy to buy, grow and use!

Cottage Pie Recipe - Dragonfly's Childcare

At Dragonfly’s Early Learning, we use the herbs that we are growing in our gardens and include them in our cooking whenever we can. We want healthy little Dragonflies!

"Cottage Pie Recipe"


  • 750 g mince

  • 2 rashers bacon finely diced

  • 2 large onions finely diced

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 large carrot finely diced

  • 1 can Italian crushed tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots or chives

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon chicken stock powder

  • 1 kg mashed potatoes


  1. Heat oil in a large pan.

  2. Cook onions, carrots and garlic till caramelised and soft. Set aside.

  3. Brown mince and be sure that mince is fine and not in lumps.

  4. Add mixed herbs, chicken stock powder and pepper and salt.

  5. Add tomatoes. Continue to cook for about half an hour till liquid is reduced.

  6. Pour into preferred dish.

  7. Cover liberally with mashed potato.

  8. Run a fork across the top to make the top rough. Brush with melted butter.

  9. Place into the oven to heat through then under the grill to brown evenly.


  1. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.

  2. Cauliflower makes a delicious mash.

  3. Cut one whole cauliflower into florets.

  4. Steam till very soft. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, salt, pepper and then mash well.

  5. Use stick blender to make very smooth if desired.

  6. Top cottage pie as you do with potato and brown.

  7. You can use any mince or combination of minces.

  8. You can add corn and or peas to this recipe!


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