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Slow Cooker Cottage Pie

A Slow Cooker version of the definitive family recipe - complete with hidden veggies this Cottage Pie can be made up to two days ahead.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: beef, pie, potato
Servings: 6
Calories: 546kcal



Pie Filling

  • 500 g minced beef
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 small leek chopped
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • 100 g mushrooms chopped
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes (1 tin)
  • 600 ml beef stock
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt and pepper

Pie Topping

  • 4 potatoes chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 100 ml milk
  • 200 g cheese
  • salt


Pie Filing

  • Turn your slow cooker on to high. Brown the mince, then set aside.
  • Fry the chopped onion, leek and carrot until softened slightly, then add the tomato puree, plain flour, basil and thyme and cook for a few minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves, then stir. Check the consistency of the sauce now as it won't thicken once cooking. Reduce if necessary, re-add the beef mince and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer to the slow cooker and cook for four hours on high or seven on low.

Pie Topping

  • An hour before the filling is ready, boil the potatoes until tender.
  • Drain and allow to steam-dry for a few minutes, then add the butter, milk, and half the cheese, and mash well.

Pie Construction

  • Fill a pie dish with the filling from the slow cooker, taking care to remove the bay leaves. It's not essential, but allow the filling to cool before topping to stop the potato sinking into the filling.
  • Add the potato topping, then grill on high for five minutes until the potato starts to crisp. Add the remaining cheese and grill for a further five minutes.


Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 612mg | Potassium: 1358mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2805IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 369mg | Iron: 9mg