Now the weather is starting to cool down, I am feeling a need for comfort food.  Big hearty meals, that warm you up when it is cold outside.  It’s even better if you can double it and make a second amount to freeze.  This cottage pie ticks all the boxes, it is quick and easy to make in your thermomix, tastes delicious, has lots of veggies and warms you up on wintery nights.  Hope you enjoy it!

Cottage Pie

Ingredients

1 onion quartered

20g oil

500g beef mince

300g mixed veggies (whatever you have in your fridge or freezer)

4 tomatoes

20g tomato paste

300g water

2 tablespoons stock concentrate

900g peeled and chopped potatoes

dash of milk

tomato sauce (optional)

Method

Place onion into thermomix bowl and chop for 5 seconds on speed 5

Scrape down sides, add oil then sauté for 3 minutes at Varoma temperature on speed 1

Add mince, vegetables, tomatoes, tomato paste, water and stock concentrate and cook for 40 minutes at Varoma temp on reverse soft speed

At the same time, place potatoes in Varoma dish and allow them to steam while the mince and vegetables are cooking

At the end of the cooking time, remove potatoes and mash with a dash of milk.  I keep the potato mixture quite thick but spreadable- but this is up to you

Pour the mince mixture into a large oven proof dish, top thinly with tomato sauce, then spoon the potato over the top and smooth out with the back of a spoon.  Note you don’t need to use the tomato sauce – but my kids love it when I do!!

Place in oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes until lightly golden on top.

Serve: 8

Approximate Calories per serve: 235