Homemade Cottage Pie with Swede Mash

This recipe is one I have been making for a while now, I have finally perfected it so thought it was time to share it on my blog. It is a little bit different in that it is savoury but I do cook a lot more than I bake, even if my cooking is usually a bit more dull. I think this one is a little bit more interesting and maybe of interest to you so that is why I am sharing my recipe for Homemade Cottage Pie with Swede Mash with you:


  • 250g of Beef Mince
  • 2tbsp of Oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Carrots
  • 50g of Peas
  • 1 tsp of Oregano
  • 1 tsp of Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of Tomato Puree
  • 250ml of Gravy (I use Bisto and not my own!)
  • 1 Large Swede
  • Knob of Butter
  • Splash of Milk
Homemade Cottage Pie with Swede Mash
Homemade Cottage Pie with Swede Mash


  1. I always start by chopping the carrot and onion into small chunks and setting aside in a bowl with the peas as this makes it easier as you cook
  2. Then fry the mince in the oil until it is brown
  3. Add the oregano, paprika and season with salt and pepper as you like and fry for a further minute
  4. Then add the vegetables and turn down to a low heat, put the lid on the pan and allow to simmer for 5 minutes
  5. Pour in your gravy and add the tomato puree and stir
  6. Allow to simmer on a low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring intermittently
  7. Whilst this simmers you can cut up your swede into chunks and put it on to boil, this normally takes 30 minutes
  8. Once your mince mix is cooked, pour into an oven dish and level, set aside to cool
  9. Back to the swede, once boiled drain and tip back into the pan
  10. Add the butter and milk and season with salt and pepper as desired
  11. Then mash until smooth
  12. Evenly spread across the top of your cooled mince, then using a fork drag the swede back and firth creating grooves, this will help it to brown in the oven
  13. The cottage pie can be left to cool then refrigerated until later if you want, or it can be cooked right away
  14. When you want your cottage pie, preheat the oven to 200C (Fan) and cook for 15-20 minutes, until hot through and crisping on top

Note: I like to serve mine with baked beans! What about you…?

I love this twist on Cottage Pie as my Homemade Cottage Pie with Swede Mash is a little healthier and I think the sweet flavour of swede makes it yummier.

Do you have any twists on a classic that you like to make?


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