Enjoy this delicious Beef Mince & Mushroom Cottage Pie Recipe, served in cute little ramekins.


Well, why not?

Cottage pie isn’t always the prettiest dish, but this version gives you a chance to impress guests with a dish that’s simple, delicious, and pretty to boot.

This recipe serves 8 (makes 8 ramekins).


  • 500 g floury potatoes, peeled
  • 60 g butter
  • 125 ml cream, heated
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 marrow, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 500 g portabello mushrooms
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 x 400 g tin crushed tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add the peeled potatoes to a large pot of salted cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft (about 20 min). Drain the potatoes and mash immediately while still hot. Add the butter while mashing and pour in the warm cream. Mash until smooth, taste to adjust seasoning, and set aside. Place plastic wrap over (and in contact with) the mash to prevent it from forming a skin.
  2. In a large saucepan, sauté the onion, carrot, red pepper, marrow, and garlic in a drizzle of olive oil. Sauté until the vegetables are soft. Season. Remove from the pan and purée the vegetables using a hand blender or food processor. Set aside.
  3. Using a food processor, pulse the mushrooms until they are very finely chopped.
  4. In the same pan used to cook the vegetables, sauté the mushrooms in a drizzle of olive oil until they have sweated off most of their water (about 10 to 15 min). Set aside.
  5. Again in the same pan, brown the mince in two batches using a little olive oil per batch. Lightly sprinkle the flour and Worcestershire sauce over the mince while it is cooking.
  6. Once both batches are browned, add the mushrooms and blended veggies back to the pan, along with the tin of tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 – 40 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  7. Preheat the grill to 200˚C for the next step.

To construct the cottage pies:

  1. Fill two-thirds of the ramekins with mushroom & mince mixture.
  2. Fill the top third with mashed potatoes and fluff with a fork.
  3. Place ramekins onto a baking tray and grill until the tops of the mash are golden brown.
  4. Serve warm with a side salad.

Beef mince Mushroom Cottage Pie recipe

Beef Mince & Mushroom Cottage Pie Recipe Notes

This Beef Mince & Mushroom Cottage Pie Recipe is courtesy of the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), a group of farmers who grow and love mushrooms.

They share their passion by promoting all varieties of mushrooms, creating unique recipes that showcase the many flavour profiles of mushrooms, and engaging in charity campaigns that make the world a better place.

Why mushrooms?

These powerful little foods are packed with nutrients and fibres, have very few calories, and are an excellent source of plant protein. If spiced right, they even make a great meat replacement!

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