Slow cooker cottage pie

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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. This takes just over 5 minutes to get into the slow cooker. If you’re looking for some inspiration for other slow cooker recipes then be sure to check out my Easy slow cooker recipes (UK recipes).

A look at the slow cooker cottage pie

Ingredients for slow cooker cottage pie:

Slow cooker cottage pie filling - the ingredients



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

Mash topping for slow cooker cottage pie:

800g potatoes

30g butter

Method for slow cooker cottage pie:

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

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 topping the slow cooker cottage pie add the flour, mixed with a little water, and let it cook further.

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.

Slow cooker cottage pie

Often we cook ours in the oven, as we love the crispy top. 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.

Making Colemans cottage pie in the slow cooker:

You absolutely can use a cottage pie mix to make it in the slow cooker. Consider cutting down on the liquid slightly, as it won’t evaporate in the slow cooker. You can cook it for the same time as my recipe, and it will turn out great.

If you want some additional gravy to pour over any side vegetables then be sure to check out my ultimate onion gravy recipe.

How to make my slow cooker cottage pie:

slow cooker cottage pie

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


  • 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

Mash topping

  • 800 g potatoes
  • 30 g butter
  • seasoning


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

  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:

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*Oxo Garlic Crusher / *Pyrex Dish

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Like this slow cooker cottage pie? Fancy trying another one of my slow cooker recipes? Here are some great ones:

Slow cooker whole chicken uk recipe

Chicken curry in the slow cooker

Slow cooker beef casserole

Beef chilli in the slow cooker

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*Toastabags / *Meat Shredder Claws / *Digital Thermometer / *Heat Resistant Mitts / *Meat Lifter

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14 Responses

  1. 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. 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. katykicker August 28, 2017 / 4:57 pm

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

  6. katykicker August 28, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    They are so convenient to use!

  7. katykicker August 28, 2017 / 4:58 pm

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

  8. 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!

  9. katykicker August 31, 2017 / 4:59 pm

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

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