Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Cheese Topping

Recipe By Waitrose & Partners

Adding lentils to the beefy filling (and topping it with cheesy mash) offers an interesting twist to a classic cottage pie.

Course: Main Meal
Prepare: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total time: 1 hr 15 mins

  • 1 Essential Onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large Essential Carrot, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp rosemary leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400g Essential British Beef Mince 10% Fat
  • 150g red split lentils
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 600ml boiling water
  • 500g Essential Potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 100ml creme fraiche
  • 100g Essential 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 beef mince 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 stock cube 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.