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26 Oct 2017

​Cottage pie with cauliflower cheese topping


Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:1 hours
Total time:1 hour 15 minutes  

Serves: 4 - 6


1 onion, roughly chopped
1 large carrot, roughly chopped
2 tsp rosemary leaves
2 tbsp olive oil
400g Waitrose Hereford Mince Beef
150g red split lentils
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 Oxo Rich Beef With Onion & Rosemary Stock Pot
600ml boiling water
500g floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper or King
Edward, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
100ml crème fraîche
100g mature Cheddar cheese, grated


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Place the onion, carrot and rosemary in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and add the mixture and gently cook for 6 minutes, until softened but not coloured.

2. Add the mince beef and mix with the vegetables, cooking for 2 minutes until browned and breaking up with a wooden spoon. Add the red lentils and tomato purée and cook for 1 minute. Mix together the stockpot and water and stir into the pan. Cook gently for 20 minutes without a lid, until the lentils are tender.

3. Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and cook for 10 minutes then add the cauliflower and cook for a further 7 minutes until the potatoes and cauliflower are very soft when pierced with a knife. Drain well and return to the pan with the crème fraîche, cheese and a pinch of salt and mash together until you have a creamy yet coarse mash.

4. Spoon the beef and lentil mix into a 35x25cm ovenproof dish then spoon the mash on top leaving it quite rough for a crispy crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden, crusty and bubbling.

Cook’s tip

As an alternative, try using creamy cannellini beans or even haricot beans to make the mash.


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