Comfort food Cottage Pie

18 Apr

As its starting to get colder and colder, I tend to start cooking more and more comfort food.


But of course, I always try to make it healthier but still tasty.


My ingredients are :

  • 5oog Ostrich and Beef mince (Pick n Pay stocks this)
  • Tin of tomato and onion mix
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 1 large potato
  • Approx. 10 blocks of butternut / pumpkin
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 sachet sweetener / 1 tsp.
  • Fat free milk
  • Margarine


Heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius.


Chop the potatoes and butternut/pumpkin and cook in boiling water until soft.  Once soft, add a dollop of margarine and a splash of fat free milk to the veg and mash together.


Fry mince in a pot until cooked. Add the garlic, salt and pepper.  I don’t like to use oil when cooking so if the mince starts to stick, just add some water to the pot and loosen.


Once the mince is cooked through, add the tin of tomato and onion mix and the tomato paste, and cook through for about 3 minutes.  At this point I normally add a sachet of sweetener as the tomato paste can be quite tart and sharp.   Cook through for another minute or so and transfer to an oven dish.

Cottage pie before


Once the mince has cooled slightly, add the mashed veg to the top of the mince mix, and put in the heated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until potato has set.

Cottage pie cooked


After baking, put your oven on grill and bake for a further 5 minutes to ensure the veg sets nicely and the top of the pie has a nice golden glow.


Then its time to plate up! I normally have green veg on the side as I have already used a heavy carb in my mash mix.

Cottage pie plated






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