Cheat’s Cottage Pie Recipe

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There is nothing better than a warming meal at the end of a long day playing with the kids. But..and it’s a big but..I really don’t enjoy spending hours in the kitchen, especially when the food is wolfed down in 5 seconds flat. So the dilemma, when we had children, was how to produce good food which would fill them up, be super tasty but take no time at all. This dilemma was further enhanced when I discovered that my go to meals, which nearly all included a stir in sauce, were full of sugar! That was a real eye opener and made me have to rethink my whole repertoire of meals. So when I discovered that I could make tasty meals in less time through taking some short cuts (mostly of the frozen variety) I was delighted. So, in that vein, here is my recipe for my Cheat’s Cottage Pie!

Cooking for kids can be really stressful - but have you thought about utilising frozen food? Here is a cheats cottage pie that is easy to make and goes down a treat!

Cheat’s Cottage Pie


  • 500g frozen mince (preferably less than 10% fat)
  • 2 big handfuls of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 large packet of frozen mashed potato
  • Several handfuls of grated cheese


  1. Heat the oven to Gas Mark 6 (200C).
  2. Boil a pan of water and when boiled, add the frozen mixed vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, fry the frozen mince in a large frying pan (_you don’t need to add any extra oil!_) until it is cooked through.
  4. Once the vegetables are cooked, drain them and add them to the frying pan of cooked mince.
  5. Combine the mince and the vegetables.
  6. In a large oven proof dish, add the mince and vegetable mix.
  7. Cover the top of the meat with a layer of frozen mashed potato. I tend to use more than needed to make sure that there is a thick layer of potato.
  8. Sprinkle grated cheese over the top to your own taste. I add about 3 handfuls to make it extra cheesy.
  9. Pop in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes until the cheese is crispy and bubbling.

That’s it – a quick and easy cheat’s cottage pie! I serve it alongside a lovely fresh green salad and there is more than enough for 2 adults, 2 kids and some left over. Absolutely delicious, takes next to no time to prepare and costs less than buying fresh.

If you love the idea of making ‘cheat’s’ food, then I can’t recommend Delia’s How To Cheat At Cooking* more highly.  Packed full of fabulous recipes that have a cheat’s twist to them, it’s turned into my favourite cook book of the year! I’d love to hear if you have some super quick ‘cheat’ recipes that you can throw together for the family! Let me know in the comments below!

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