Rich Cottage Pies in individual pie dishes

Individual cottage pies with cheesy mash

  • makes 6
  • Easy

Put a cheesy twist on this classic crowdpleaser with these individual pies topped with creamy cheddar mash


Try these individual cottage pies using our rich recipe, or check out our classic cottage pie, shepherd’s pie, classic fish pie and more comforting pie recipes.



  • beef mince 750g
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • onions 2, finely chopped
  • carrots 2, grated
  • celery 2 sticks, finely chopped
  • plain flour 3 tbsp
  • red wine 250ml
  • Worcestershire sauce 3 tbsp
  • beef stock 750ml
  • tomato purée 3 tbsp
  • floury potatoes 1.75kg, peeled and cut into chunks
  • butter 50g
  • single cream 100ml
  • mature cheddar 150g, grated
  • Dijon mustard 2 tsp


  • Step 1

    Heat a large non-stick frying pan then fry the mince in two batches until browned all over. Scoop out each batch with a slotted spoon, leaving behind any fat. Add the garlic, onions, carrots and celery and cook for 10 minutes, stirring, until the veg has softened. Return the mince to the pan and stir everything together.

  • Step 2

    Sprinkle over the flour and stir in well. Pour in the wine and bubble for 2 minutes before adding the worcestershire sauce, stock and tomato purée. Cook for 30 minutes until the sauce is reduced and thick. Season and cool.

  • Step 3

    To make the mash, cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender then drain really well and mash with the butter, cream and lots of seasoning. Mix in the cheddar and mustard.

  • Step 4

    Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Divide the pie filling between 6 ovenproof dishes. Put the mash in a piping bag with a wide star nozzle and pipe over the filling, building it up until covered completely. Bake the pies for 30-35 minutes or until the mash is golden and the filling is piping hot and bubbling up.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 810
  • Fat 40g
  • Saturates 20.7g
  • Carbs 60.3g
  • Sugars 9.3g
  • Fibre 7.5g
  • Protein 40.8g
  • Salt 1.7g