Prepare Your Own Ready Meals - Ultimate Cottage Pie

29 September 2016

As most of my readers are aware I love to cook and bake, but are we as a nation watching more cookery shows than actually cooking?  Lurpak is challenging people to turn their screens off and cookers on to experience the thrill of cooking #GameOnCooks.

With me being out of action for a few weeks due to spinal surgery I thought it wise beforehand to prepare my own ready meals and freeze them, and now I am convalescing we have tasty home cooked food to look forward to.  I have included the recipe below to one of our family favourites but with a twist and a kick.

Ultimate Cottage Pie
450 g of low fat minced beef
1 large onion
2 carrots
1tsp garlic salt
1tsp chilli flakes
1 cup of frozen mixed veg (sweetcorn, peas, green beans)
2 tbsps. of tomato ketchup
1 beef stock cube

For the topping
2lb potatoes
salt & pepper
grated cheese (optional)

Tin foil trays with lids for freezing.

1.  Brown the minced been in the pressure cooker along with the diced onion and add the chilli flakes, garlic salt and tomato ketchup.
2.  Chop the carrots in to bite size pieces and add to the meat.
3.  Mix the stock cube with about 1 pint of water and add to the meat etc.
4.  Add the frozen veg to the meat mixture and cook in the pressure cooker for around 30 minutes.
5.  Prepare and boil the potatoes for mash, once soft drain the water.
6.  Season the potatoes and mash, along with a good dollop of lurpak.
7.  Strain the meat, saving the liquid for the gravy and put it in to some tin foil trays (half filling them).
8.  Add spoons of mashed potato to the top and spread out with the prongs of a fork.
9.  Bake at 180 degrees for around 30 minutes until the top has gone crispy and golden brown.

I served mine with garden greens, peas, green beans and broccoli lightly boiled and tossed in lurpak garlic butter.  This is one of our family favourites but up until now I had never tried preparing in advance and freezing it before.  Such a warming treat with that little chilli and garlic hit.

Who needs ready meals, get your aprons on ladies and gents and get cooking.

This post is in collaboration with Lurpak.


  1. Wow! That looks ace! I sadly am the only one who likes cottage pie in our house so I'll have to make a 'meal for one' sized one..

  2. I've been meaning to batch cook meals like this as home made is much nicer.

  3. Oh I do love cottage pie. Haven't made one in ages, thanks for reminding me :)

  4. Your cottage pie looks yummy. I hope you are recovering well?

  5. Cottage pie is one of my absolutely favourites. Especially for Autumn, it's so warming. This looks so delicious. x

  6. Looks absolutely fabulous & what's better it appears it can easily be turned into a vegan cottage pie !

  7. I mean a mean cottage pie and it is such a good dish for hiding veg in ha x

  8. Great recipe -we love cottage pie and sometimes my daddy sneaks in baked beans!

  9. Looks delicious and your recipe is so easy to follow.

  10. Now that's my kind of meal. It looks delicious and what a great idea this time of year


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