Cottage Pie

  • 20MINS
  • 40MINS
  • 465KCAL

This Cottage Pie is a slimming friendly version of a weeknight classic. Great for calorie counting, plans like Weight Watchers and the whole family!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories465
  • Carbs34g
  • Protein36g
  • Fat20g
  • Saturates7g
  • Sugars7g

Cottage Pie - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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 to know in the blurb!

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

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

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What diets is this Cottage Pie suitable for?

This Cottage Pie recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Stock cubes
  • Worcestershire Sauce

You could also enjoy this Cottage Pie if you’re dairy free.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

You could also make this dish vegetarian by using a meat free mince substitute, such as Quorn, and switching to veggie versions of stock and Worcestershire Sauce.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Cottage Pie recipe?

  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Cottage Pie recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Cottage Pie recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Cottage Pie recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

It’s a really filling dinner for this many points!

If you want to lower the points even more, serve a half portion with a big side of zero Point vegetables.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Cottage Pie?

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Rather than using flour, I tend to just allow the sauce to reduce until it thickens slightly or I use Xanthan Gum to thicken the mince.

1/4 tsp of Xantham Gum does the same job as 1 tbsp of flour, so you only need a tiny bit. This means it adds very few calories to a dish!

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

Of course, you can always just reduce the mince over the heat if you prefer!

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Xanthan Gum is a 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!

How many calories are in this Cottage Pie?

There are 465 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Cottage Pie. This means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence recipe category.

This Cottage Pie is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 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.

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Step 2

Add the stock to the pan, then add the Worcestershire sauce and stir. Season with black pepper.

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Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

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Step 7

Place in a pre heated oven (200-220°C) and cook for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 8

Serve with a selection of vegetables and some pickled beetroot and red cabbage.

Cottage Pie - Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat should you serve with Cottage Pie?

This Cottage Pie is a hearty portion with meat and lots of veg. You really don’t need to serve it with anything, but you could always reduce the portion size and add a side of extra vegetables!

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How do you know when the Cottage Pie is cooked?

The mince will be thick and rich before assembling the pie. After cooking in the oven the mash on top will be golden and crispy.

Once placed in the pre-heated oven (200 – 220°C) this will take around 25 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Cottage Pie in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Cottage Pie in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Cottage Pie?

Yes you can! 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.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Cottage Pie?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Cottage Pie

This Cottage Pie is a slimming friendly version of a weeknight classic. Great for calorie counting, plans like Weight Watchers and the whole family!
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    40 MINS
  • KCals 465
  • Carbs 34G
WW Points
  • 7 Green
  • 7 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

  • 500 g Lean Minced Beef
  • 1 large Onion peeled and chopped
  • 3 large Carrots peeled and chopped
  • 500 ml Beef Stock made with 2 beef stock cubes
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 600 g Potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • Low Calorie Cooking Spray
  • ⅛ - ¼ tsp Xanthan Gum Optional

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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
  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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RavhelFriday 6th September 2019

Hi looks like a lovely recipe excited to make it, just wondering if anyone knows the calories if you use quorn mince instead ? I’m assuming it’ll be lower, thanks

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Kylie AdamsThursday 2nd May 2019

How does the gum affect freezing and could it be use in something like macaroni cheese were more flour would be used traditionally.

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    Emma TThursday 20th June 2019

    Hi Kylie,

    The xanthan gum doesn’t affect freezing. You can use it in macaroni cheese, just add a very small amount at a time and whisk like mad!

    Hope that helps!

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