Mini Cottage Pies

Mini Cottage Pies

Want to cook something new and easy for your kid then try this "mini cottage pie" recipe. Easy, healthy and tasty. 100% guaranteed!


Makes: 8 pies
Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Age: 12+ months


450g lean beef mince
400ml low sodium beef stock
300g potatoes
200g cauliflower
120g carrot
100g red lentils
70g onion
70g celery
70g grated cheddar cheese
50ml milk
1 garlic clove
2 Tbsp tomato puree
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil + greasing



  • Finely chop the onion, carrot, celery and garlic and add to a pan with the oil.
  • Cook on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until soft.
  • Add the mince and cook for 5-8 minutes, until browned. Break it up into small pieces as it cooks and scoop away excess fat.
  • Add the tomato puree and lentils and mix well to combine. 
  • Cook for 2 minutes stirring continuously then pour in the stock.
  • Lower the heat and simmer for 35-40 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, peel and cut the potatoes into cubes and the cauliflower into florets.
  • Place in a pot, cover with water and boil for 12-15 minutes, until soft.
  • Drain through a strainer and mash in a bowl with the milk to reach a smooth and creamy consistency.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C and place 8 small ramekins on a baking sheet.
  • Divide the beef sauce between the ramekins and top with a dollop of potato and cauliflower mash. Sprinkle over the grated cheddar cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden.
  • Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within 3 days.
  • You can freeze the pies before cooking for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen at 180C for 30-35 minutes, until golden and thoroughly cooked through.

Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information Typical Values: 

Nutrient per 100g per serving (186g)

490kJ/ 117kcal

912kJ/ 1217kcal


of which saturates






of which sugars





Protein 11g 20g
Salt 0.19g 0.35g
Vitamin A (reteq) 182ug (23%) 338ug

% reference intake of an average adult (8400kJ/2000kcal)