Syn Free Cottage Pie | Slimming World

Cottage Pie is a classic. This Syn Free Cottage Pie is easy to make with just a few ingredients and it can be made up the day before ready to pop in the oven when you’re ready for dinner, just make sure you heat it thoroughly before you serve it.

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

To be honest this recipe is pretty much the same as the one I have always used, even before my Slimming World days, in fact the only difference is the omission of flour to thicken the mince and butter in the potatoes.

Nowadays I tend to just allow the sauce to reduce until it thickens slightly or I use Xanthan Gum to thicken the mince, and if you want to try this you will find the instructions in the method below.

Xanthan Gum is a syn free, gluten free stabiliser. It’s natural, thickens hot and cold liquids, doesn’t clump and stops sauces from splitting.

It’s a great ingredient to have in your store cupboard! 1/4 tsp of Xantham Gum does the same job as 1 tbsp of flour, so you only need a tiny bit.

You can buy Xanthan Gum here on Amazon, or down the gluten free aisle of your local supermarket. It’s not cheap, but a little goes a long, long way.

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Syn Free Cottage Pie

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people 20 minutes 40 minutes

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465kcal 7

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Zero

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INGREDIENTS
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat a large pan, spray with low calorie cooking spray and add the mince. Fry for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Add the onion and carrots and cook for a few more minutes.
  2. Add the stock to the pan, then add the Worcestershire sauce and stir. Season with black pepper.
  3. Bring up to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, removing the lid for the final 5 minutes, and allow to reduce until it thickens. Alternatively you could add a very small amount of Xanthan Gum at this point and stir it in well. By adding a tiny amount at a time you will be able to thicken it as much or as little as you want
  4. While this is cooking boil the potatoes in a pan of salted water. When they are soft remove from the heat, drain off the water and mash with a little salt and pepper (you can add some butter buds if you like, but don't forget to syn them at 0.5 per sachet)
  5. Pour the mince mixture into a large shallow dish and allow to cool slightly. If you don't the mash may sink through the mince.
  6. Spoon the mashed potato onto the mince, and run a fork over the top to cover the mince and give it some texture. Alternatively you could pipe the potato on to the top
  7. Place in a pre heated oven (200-220°C) and cook for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Serve with a selection of vegetables and some pickled beetroot and red cabbage

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RECIPE NOTES

This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough

- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)

- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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8 Comments
  1. this site is amazing. just want to say how much I appreciate ye all and honestly the difference it has made to my life is brilliant. keep up the good work xoxo

    1. Hi Faye
      No, we don’t use butter or milk. The blurb in the recipe mentions that you can use Butterbuds, but you’d need to syn accordingly. (They’re available from Amazon or Lakeland.)

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