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Matthew’s meals: cottage pie

I confess that this is a bit of a cheat meal. I make this with bolognese leftovers so the only preparation is the mashed potato on top. Of course, when you are 9 and it is the first time you’ve peeled a potato, it’s a big deal!

Chris always complains that this isn’t proper cottage pie which should be gravy based but I don’t care!
The mashed potato could also top a tin of baked beans (this was known as bean extravaganza when I made this at uni) or chilli (I’ve had this for Christmas dinner in the past!) In my vegetarian days I would have topped this with cheese but my kids prefer it without.
It is easy to make this vegan by preparing the mash with vegetable spread and plant milk, and this is naturally gluten free.

This version serves 3 children or 2 adults
2-3 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
a knob of butter or spread
a splash of milk
portion of bolognese (see Matthew’s last recipe)

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes until soft. They will cook quicker the smaller you chop them.
Drain and mash them.

Beat in the butter and milk, and mix to a smooth consistency.
Place the bolognese in the bottom of an oven proof dish and top with the potato.
Bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden.

How old were you when you peeled your first potato?!


  1. Sophie

    Not thought of using left over bolognese, but will definitely try that.
    I also need to get my 9 year old peeling spuds. Thanks for the great idea.

  2. Sounds like you’re having a very productive lockdown for your 9 year old. I used to peel potatoes as a kid. I loved it. Not sure if that was because I loved what they were then used for (to eat) or I jus tloved the activity…#StayClassyMama

  3. My kids love cottage pie and we either make it from scratch or use leftover bolognaise base too. It’s such an easy meal to make and feed the family with! Now I am hungry!

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