Easy Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Cheese Mash

Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Cheese Mash
Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Cheese Mash

Classic English cottage pie with cauliflower cheese mash is pure comfort food. Savoury beef mince with aromatic veggies, a rich gravy made with fresh rosemary, red wine and garlic, topped off with a cheesy, buttery cauliflower and potato mash. Pure comfort food in a bowl. What’s not to like.

Ingredients to make Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Cheese Mash

It’s easy to make, economical and freezes like a dream. First you make the savoury beef, then make a serious mash of cauliflower and potatoes with lots of cheese and load it all into a baking dish.

Brush the mash with melted butter, then use a fork to create ridges that get all golden and crusty when baked.

painting potato with butter forCottage Pie with Cauliflower Cheese Mash
be sure to paint the potato with butter for a golden top

It always pays to make enough for another meal and freeze ready for those nights that you just don’t want to crank up in the kitchen.

making a weave pattern in potato topping for Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Cheese Mash
use a fork or spoon to make a pattern in the potato

Frozen cauliflower

We have only recently started using frozen cauliflower florets and love them. It’s 100% pure natural cauliflower with no nasties. Perfect for making mash, blending into soups, gratins,  roasting or adding to a stir fry. Frozen florets are also great for making fritters, adding into a Mac and cheese or just plain mashing them with butter, salt and pepper.

Having a bag or two of frozen cauliflower in your freezer is a smart move and very economical. We like!

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Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Cheese Mash
Yield: 6-8 serves

Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Cheese Mash

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Cottage pie with cauliflower mash is pure comfort food. Easy to make, economical and best of all delicious. Make up a double batch and freeze one for later.


meat filling

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 700g (1 1/2 pounds) beef mince (ground beef)
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 large rib of celery, diced
  • 6 fat cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary)
  • 1/4 cup of plain (all purpose) flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine white pepper
  • 4 tablespoons tomato sauce (ketchup)
  • 3 tablespoons worstershire sauce 
  • 1 cup of red wine (optional, just add another cup of stock if not using)
  • 1 cups beef stock - we used 1 oxo beef stock cube and 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup frozen peas

cauliflower and potato mash

  • 1 kg (2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 500g (1 pound) cauliflower florets - we used frozen cauliflower
  • 50g (2 ounces) butter, softened
  • 1 cup tasty cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing the mash


meat filling

  • heat oil in a large frypan over medium to high heat
  • add onions, celery and carrot and saute for 4-5 minutes till starting to soften (you don't want to brown the veggies)
  • now add mince and break up using a spoon, tossing and turning to colour the beef
  • add garlic and rosemary and stir for a minute or so
  • sprinkle in salt and pepper
  •  add flour and mix through
  • add wine, worstershire and tomato (ketchup) sauces mixing through
  • pour in stock and simmer on low to medium heat for 30 minutes (or until the gravy is the consistency that you like)
  • add peas and stir through the mixture
  • heat oven to 180c (355f)
  • place meat into baking dish
  • spoon cauliflower potato mash on the top and smooth 
  • brush with melted butter
  • use a fork to create little peaks (cottage pie can be frozen at this point)
  • bake for 35-40 minutes or until it is bubbling and golden
  • serve and enjoy!

cauliflower and potato mash

  • boil potatoes till nearly tender
  • add cauliflower florets to the potatoes and cook for 6-8 minutes
  • drain and return to saucepan
  • add butter and mash cauliflower and potatoes till smooth
  • season with salt and pepper
  • add cheddar and parmesan and mix thoroughly



  • meat filling can be made ahead and frozen
  • cottage pie with cauliflower mash can be fully prepared, then frozen
  • allow to thaw before baking

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 555Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 61mgSodium 1702mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 9gSugar 8gProtein 23g

Nutritional information provided here is only intended as a guide.

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  1. A pleasure to make, don’t leave out the red wine. Very enjoyable pie and the family loved it. Made the day before to have the next working day. Great recipe girls. Thanks.

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Sarah, so pleased you enjoyed this easy and very tasty cottage pie. It’s a great recipe to make ahead and even better the next day. Thanks for commenting. Regards Jo and Jen

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