Slow Cooked Shepherd’s Pie/Cottage Pie


March 28, 2015

Slow Cooked Shepherd’s Pie/Cottage Pie 5 0 5 10
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • 15 mins

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 15 mins

  • Yields: 6+


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


11. 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.

22. Add carrots, tomatoes, garlic, peas, tomato paste, celery, sauce, thyme, and beef stock and stir to combine.

33. Cook on HIGH for 1hr. While this is cooking prepare and cook potatoes as per step #4.

44. 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.

55. 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.

66. Cover and cook on LOW for 3hrs.

77. 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)

88. Serve with steamed broccoli or broccolini






14**Note: Traditionally Shepherds Pie uses lamb mince, Cottage Pie uses beef. Feel free to choose which suits you best :)

Submitted by Paulene Christie


23 Reviews


August 5, 2022

Cottage pie with ease, very tasty. I left out the celery and peas.


July 4, 2021

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..

Not double but I’d give it an extra hour 🙂


March 10, 2021

Just would like to know if i double the ingrediants is it double time ?

If you are still browning first I’d say pretty much the same times still 🙂 If not browning change the initial 1hr high to 2hrs high


August 3, 2020

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

Carolyn Clarke

July 23, 2020

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.

Tracy Warner

July 23, 2020

Simply …. divine.
A firm family favourite 😋😋

Margaret McCluskey

June 2, 2020

Cooked this tonight, it was delicious. Definitely will cook it again

Karen Davoren

May 16, 2020

Absolutely divine. Everyone loved it. Yum!


July 10, 2019

A big hit with everyone. Will Definatley be doing it again

Karen Reid

June 5, 2018

Made this tonight, sooo yum! I did the mince in the slow cooker and finished it off in the oven to get a crispy brown top. Mr7 approved.

So if the meat base was too moist you found then you you could leave out the stock to make it less moist. If the potato is too moist itself cut down on the milk you mash it with 🙂

Terry Hill

March 21, 2018

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?

David here is all the why and how info on the teatowel trick 🙂


February 7, 2018

Why a tea ltpwel and place it between the food and the lid

Janet Wall

July 31, 2016

Love this recipe never do it in the oven again thxs paulene

Leslee twemlow

July 23, 2016

Just made it tonight. Absolutely delicious! Going in my to do again list!

Geoff Hudson

April 25, 2016

Used beef. Delicious.

I used my 5L for this one 🙂


April 24, 2016

Which size slow cooker did you use?

Sure that would be yummy 🙂


February 9, 2016

Hello Paulene .. Instead of useing mashed potatoes could i use mashed sweet potatoes ??

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