Slow Cooked Shepherd’s Pie/Cottage Pie

Submitted by Paulene Christie

Slow Cooked Shepherd’s Pie/Cottage Pie

5 from 3 votes
Serving: 6
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins


  • 700mg lean beef mince / ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 large carrots grated
  • 1 x 420g can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup dried green peas
  • 1 heaped tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 150g grated tasty cheese
  • 6 large potatoes for mashing (I like Golden Delight potatoes)
  • 1/4 cup (60mls) milk and 1tbsp butter to mash potatoes with (see note below)
  • Ground paprika for garnish
  • *note* to convert to dairy free alternative you can leave the milk and butter out of the potato mash


  • 1. Add mince and onion to searing slow cooker (or frying pan on stove top) to brown mince. Drain. Then add browned mince and onion to slow cooker bowl.
  • 2. Add carrots, tomatoes, garlic, peas, tomato paste, celery, sauce, thyme, and beef stock and stir to combine.
  • 3. Cook on HIGH for 1hr. While this is cooking prepare and cook potatoes as per step #4.
  • 4. Peel and cut potatoes into large pieces and cook in a large saucepan of boiling water on stove until tender to fork. Drain and add milk and butter and mash to a smooth mashed consistency.
  • 5. Use the back of a large wooden spoon/ladle to push down meat mixture in the base of slow cooker. Spoon mashed potato over meat base and smooth out with a metal spoon to achieve a flat finish.
  • 6. Cover and cook on LOW for 3hrs.
  • 7. Approx 30mins prior to serving add grated cheese on top of potato layer and then sprinkle top with paprika (it gives your dish the browned look on serving) and cover with tea towel for the last 30mins of cooking (between slow cooker and lid - see tea towel explanation here)
  • 8. Serve with steamed broccoli or broccolini
  • **Note: Traditionally Shepherds Pie uses lamb mince, Cottage Pie uses beef. Feel free to choose which suits you best 🙂

26 thoughts on “Slow Cooked Shepherd’s Pie/Cottage Pie”

  1. Tried this one last night, the flavors were there, just one criticism the mashed potatoes were really sloppy.
    Would leaving out the beef stock help the potatoes?

  2. Carolyn Clarke

    Cooked this tonight very tasty, but will put less liquid in it next time. Did 1hr on high then 3 1/2 on low but had teat towel under lid for that time.

  3. Hi Paulene

    I have all your books and couldn’t imagine slow cooking without them!,,

    Just a question on this recipe. If I am doing a large one eg 2kg of mince how long would I cook for?
    Thanks so much

  4. I made this one and whilst it was quite nice, My opinion is that the celery overpowered it and could maybe use a little salt, other than that, everybody finished their plate but does need something else.. Experiment time on the next one, could maybe add Gravy for that extra flavour..

  5. 5 stars
    Recipe looks delish, for those who are dairy free with the note on dairy free alternative for the mash instead of leaving out the butter and milk altogether which if you do isn’t going to give you a great consistency in your mash, you can substitute a plant based milk e.g soy or almond and there are several dairy free butters on the market e.g Nuttlex Buttery or Tablelands Dairy Free Buttery (for those in Australia) Am sure other countrys will have dairy free alternatives for milk/butter too).

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