Slow cooker cottage pie filling

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I’m a real fan of using my slow cooker. During the day I can spend a few minutes loading it up and then when my husband gets home we have dinner ready. I love the convenience of the slow cooker and that we can eat our dinner, together, whenever we are ready. This means if our daughter is ill, or stays up later than expected, that our dinner is ruined. Today I want to share with you my slow cooker cottage pie filling. This takes just over 5 minutes to get in to the slow cooker.

Slow cooker cottage pie filling - a look at the cooked filling

Ingredients for slow cooker cottage pie filling:

Slow cooker cottage pie filling - the ingredients

Carrots

Onions

Celery (add any other vegetables like leeks or lentils)

Mince (I use 5% – 250g for a large cottage pie)

Thyme – 1 tablespoon (use a little less if you don’t like strong herb flavour)

Garlic cloves (to your preferred strength – 3 cloves for us)

Brown Sauce – 1 tablespoon

Worcestershire sauce – just a dash

300ml of beef stock (reduced salt)

Flour – 1/2 tablespoon

Method for slow cooker cottage pie filling:

Throw it all in! Seriously. Add everything in – except the flour.

Slow cooker cottage pie filling - the ingredients in the slow cooker

Cook it for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. 30-45 minutes before using the slow cooker cottage pie filling add the flour, mixed with a little water, and let it cook.

Once the slow cooker cottage pie filling is ready you can either top it with mash, and cook for a further 1-1.5 hours on high, or cook it in the oven. We cook ours in the oven, as we love the crispy top. So top the slow cooker cottage pie filling with mash, and scrape a fork across the top. This will help to get lots of lovely crispy bits. Cook it on gas mark 6, 200c, for around 25-30 minutes. Alternatively, you can grill it if you have hot mash ready and just want a crispy top.

How to make my slow cooker cottage pie filling:

slow cooker cottage pie filling

Course Main Course
Keyword beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 300 g carrots
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 250 g 5% mince
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp brown sauce
  • 1 splash worcestershire sauce
  • 300 ml beef stock
  • 1/2 tbsp plain flour

Instructions

  1. Throw it all in! Seriously. Add everything in except the flour.

  2. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. 

  3. 30-45 minutes before your filling is cooked add the flour, mixed with a little water to make a paste, as this will thicken your sauce.

  4. Once your filling is ready you can either top with mash, and cook on high for 1.5 hours, or you can move to the oven for 30 minutes. 

    I like to scrape the top of my mash with a fork, to get crispy edges, and cook for 30 minutes at Gas mark 6 (200C).

Products I use when making my slow cooker cottage pie filling:

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My slow cooker cottage pie filling is delicious. It takes just minutes and you can have a delicious rich, hearty cottage pie - make this frugal by using more vegetables and less mince

22 Responses

  1. L dove August 27, 2017 / 10:42 am

    We love cottage pie and we love our slow cooker but I’ve never thought to do this before!! What a fab time saving way to do it too!

    • katykicker August 27, 2017 / 11:40 am

      Yeah I love just throwing it in and not doing anything else until it is time to go in the oven or top with mash!

  2. Clare August 27, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Love this! We use the slow cooker loads during Autumn and Winter, this sounds perfect 🙂

    • katykicker August 27, 2017 / 12:05 pm

      We use ours all year round as our home is just too hot to have the oven on for hours in the Summer. I love having a nice dinner ready though at the end of a long walk on a cold day!

  3. Rachel @ The Daisy Pages August 27, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Nice idea 🙂 Cottage pie is one of our favourites and I hadn’t thought of using the slow cooker! Perfect for this time of year when the weather is starting to turn autumnal.

  4. steph August 27, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    oh this looks delicious, so many people swear by slow cookers, I really must invest in one and see how I get on. x

    • katykicker August 27, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      Yes you should! They are SO convenient!

  5. Helen August 27, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    Oh you’ve got me craving a cottage pie now – it’s my comfort food! Great that it’s so quick to make. My slow cooker will be getting a few more outings as the days get cooler, so I’ll remember this one, thanks.

    • katykicker August 28, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      You’re so welcome – thanks for the nice comment!

  6. Talya August 27, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Yes to this! We often make cottage pie feeling in the slow cooker and it turns out great with such minimal effort!

  7. MELANIE EDJOURIAN August 27, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    You make it all look so easy to do. I need to look into slow cookers as I haven’t got one. I hear they are really good though.

    • katykicker August 28, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      They are so convenient to use!

  8. Kara August 28, 2017 / 7:53 am

    I love cottage pie but I am enjoying this last wave of heat from the summer so will save this recipe until autumn kicks in

    • katykicker August 28, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      I can’t believe it is finally warm!! Enjoy x

  9. Fashion and Style Police August 28, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    I like cottage pie dishes. This recipe sounds really nice. I will be trying it. Thanks Katy.

    • katykicker August 29, 2017 / 6:45 am

      Perfect when the colder weather comes!

  10. Zena's Suitcase August 31, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I bet that tastes delicious. I used to have a slow cooker, and haven’t replaced it yet. It’s getting to that time of year when it would be really handy

    • katykicker August 31, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      It is SO convenient. Especially if you’re a busy working parent!

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