Slow Cooker ‘Lazy’ Cottage Pie Recipe

I grew up with shepherds pie as one of our staple meals – We never ate beef so I didn’t have a cottage pie until I made one myself. Since then I have regularly cooked a traditional cottage pie but served with mash rather than made into a pie – creating my ‘lazy’ cottage pie. It’s so, so simple that it’s now one of my favourite slow cooker recipes.

This is great as a midweek meal or a really filling family meal on a weekend. Making it in the slow cooker means you can put it on in the morning knowing that it will be ready when you are in the evening – and your whole house will smell fantastic too. This lazy version means that the pie is ready quicker than a traditional pie and takes less work to create too.

Slow Cooker 'Lazy' Cottage Pie Recipe

Can we vary this recipe?

This is a basic slow cooker cottage pie recipe but you can use it as a way of using up pretty much any vegetables you have in the cupboard. If you’d prefer a slow cooker shepherds pie you can substitute with lamb mince and lamb stock instead of beef mince and beef stock. You can even add a good splash of Worcestershire Sauce for a bit of a kick too if you like.

Can you freeze the Lazy Cottage Pie?

This recipe cottage pie freezes really well so you can batch cook and freeze it knowing that next time you have it for dinner you only have the mashed potatoes to prepare. The depth of flavour really increases when it’s been frozen too, adding even more flavour to a really wholesome, hearty meal. This recipe is so easy to double up – I usually make extra every time.

Serve this lazy cottage pie with mash or if you’d like a proper cottage pie, put in an ovenproof dish, top with mash and grill until browned. I love how versatile this recipe is, giving you whatever cottage pie you like each and every time.

So here’s our Slow Cooker ‘Lazy’ Cottage Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • spray oil
  • 1 kg mince beef
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 3 celery sticks chopped
  • 200 g frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 250 ml red wine
  • 500 ml beef stock
  • 4 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  • Spray a large pan with oil and fry the mince until browned. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  • Add the vegetables, stir in the flour and add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Serve with mash or if you’d like a ‘proper’ cottage pie, put in an ovenproof dish, top with mash and grill until browned.

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Slow Cooker ‘Lazy’ Cottage Pie Recipe

I grew up with shepherds pie as one of our staple meals – We never ate beef so I didn’t have a cottage pie until I made one myself. Since then I have regularly cooked cottage pie but served with mash rather than made into a pie – My ‘lazy’ cottage pie!
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Keyword mince, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • spray oil
  • 1 kg mince beef
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 3 celery sticks chopped
  • 200 g frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 250 ml red wine
  • 500 ml beef stock
  • 4 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  • Spray a large pan with oil and fry the mince until browned. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  • Add the vegetables, stir in the flour and add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Serve with mash or if you’d like a ‘proper’ cottage pie, put in an ovenproof dish, top with mash and grill until browned.
Slow Cooker 'Lazy' Cottage Pie Recipe
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1 Comment

  1. May 24, 2014 / 11:56 pm

    Sounds tasty. I haven’t got a slow cooker, but think I maybe should. It would be great to arrive home and find dinner just waiting to be dished up.

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