Traditional Irish Cottage Pie

Preparation time Not applicable
Cooking time Not applicable

Serves 4


15g Olive Spread

1 x large onion diced

2 x sticks celery chopped

200g carrots diced

350g lean minced beef

150g brown or green lentils

300ml beef stock

1 x bay leaf

2tbsp dried mixed herbs

800g potatoes peeled and chopped

40g Buttery Taste Spread

steamed green vegetables to serve

cooking instructions


Step 1

Melt the Benecol Olive Spread in a large pan. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add the carrots and celery, cooking for about 2 minutes. Add the beef, breaking up any large lumps and cook for 3-4 minutes over a high heat until sealed.

Step 2

Stir in the lentils, stock and herbs, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile cook the potatoes in a large pan of water for 10-15 minutes until soft. Drain well and mash with the Benecol Buttery Taste Spread. Heat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200ºC/fan oven 180ºC.

Step 4

Spoon the meat mixture into a 1½ litre ovenproof dish and top with the mash. Fork the surface, place on a baking tray and cook for 30 minutes until golden and bubbling. Serve with steamed green vegetables.

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