• Instant Pot Cottage Pie - cook your mince and potatoes all in one pot, at once!

Instant Pot Cottage Pie

Recipe updated to make this recipe Slimming World friendly – is can be totally Free on SW or less than 1 Syn a serving if you use milk in the mash! 

Like my lasagne recipe, this is a meal  I have cooked pretty much my whole life and it has a very special place in my heart. Cottage Pie is a homely, comforting dish made of minced beef topped with buttery mashed potatoes. It’s British comfort food at it’s finest.

Back in the day, leftover roast beef would have been ground up and minced to be recycled into a pie the day after a Sunday roast but I think more families make it afresh with minced beef, a much more affordable beef cut. Since I’ve become a pressure cooker nutter these days, it was only a matter of time before I adapted my recipe into this Instant Pot Cottage Pie, with the mince and potatoes cooked together, at the same time!

I recently bought myself a handy-dandy tall trivet, purely for the purpose of making this dish (there will be plenty of other uses coming your way, fear not!):

It’s such a simple piece of kit – the idea being that you can cook the mince in the bottom of the inner pot, pop this trivet in it then cook your potatoes on top so both cook at the same time! It’s much taller than the one which comes with the IP so you have space for both components of the meal. Super handy!

Cook your mince and potatoes at the same time in the Instant Pot for this delicious Cottage Pie!Click To Tweet

As the Inner Pot is quite full and the potatoes are cooked above the mince further away from the hot plate in the base, they actually take the full 12 minutes to cook. If you were cooking them on their own, like in my Instant Pot Sausage & Mash, they only take 4 minutes but actually, it’s pretty handy having both elements cooked in exactly the same amount of time and in the same pot!

Instant Pot Cottage Pie - cook your mince and potatoes all in one pot, at once!

I cook my beef mince with some small diced onion, carrots, celery and a few mushrooms – if you had a leek, you could use that instead of or as well as the onion and celery. Sometimes I use fresh thyme, others I use rosemary. It wouldn’t be a cottage pie without a few peas stirred in at the end of cooking too.

I always include a splash Worcestershire sauce (which is resolutely referred to as Henderson’s Relish here in Sheffield where they make their own version of Worcestershire sauce) and I simply have to sprinkle a little extra on top of the mash before I grill it to get the top good and crispy.

This isn’t the fastest recipe you can make in the IP and you do need to turn the grill (broiler) on to crisp the top but it really is worth it. If I were making this on the stovetop, I’d take me up to a couple of hours to put the whole dish together and much of that time is stood at the hob, attending to the various components.

Here, you can walk away whilst it cooks and grills, with no more than 20 mins of your time for chopping, mashing and assembly in total. If that doesn’t make this Instant Pot Cottage Pie the best sort of comfort food you can get, I don’t know what will 🙂

Yield: 4 generous servings

Instant Pot Cottage Pie

A homely, traditional British dish which is a perfect one pot meal especially on cold days. Plus it's so easy as you make the mince and the mash at the same time - and in just 12 minutes of cooking time! You'll need a long-legged trivet as well as the one which comes with the Instant Pot for this recipe.

Ingredients

  • For the mince:
  • Fry Light olive oil spray
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 rib of celery, finely chopped
  • 100-150 g button or chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary or thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 500 g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • 1 beef stock cube or 200ml beef stock
  • 100-150 g frozen garden peas
  • For the mash:
  • 800 g floury potatoes, peeled and cut into 1.5 inch cubes
  • 120 ml skimmed milk (3 Syns)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to Sauté and spray with the oil. Add in the onion, carrot, and celery and cook for couple of minutes to soften before adding the mushrooms. Cook another couple of minutes before adding the garlic, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée and beef mince. 
  2. Cook until there is no obvious pink mince remaining. If using a beef stock cube, dissolve it first into 200ml boiling water before adding to the mince and stirring well. 
  3. Tuck the tall trivet into the mince then place the one which comes with the IP on top (with it's arms folded over the potatoes to make retrieval easier later). Sit the potatoes on top - see photos in the post. 
  4. Put the lid on, cancel Sauté mode then press Manual and set to 12 minutes. Leave to cook and you can do either a QPR or NPR here, it doesn't matter in this recipe. Taste the mince to see if it needs more salt. You can preheat the grill (broiler) ready for browning the top. 
  5. Measure the milk into bowl with some sea salt and black pepper then pass the potatoes through a ricer into the milk. Or just use a masher if that's all you have (I love my Oxo ricer - link in post). 
  6. Stir the peas into the mince then scoop it into an oven proof dish. One about 8-9 inches round or square is just right. Scoop the mash on top and use a fork to fluff it up before sprinkling with a little Worcestershire sauce. Grill for 15 minutes or until crispy and golden brown on top. Dig in and eat! 

Notes

For Slimming World readers:

  • 120ml skimmed milk = 3 Syns therefore per serving, this Cottage Pie is less than 1 Syn per person! Or, take it from your daily HEA allowance milk (2 tbsp/30ml per person) and this is FREE!
  • This blog is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by Slimming World.
  • It is always recommended that you check the Syn Calculator yourself to ensure your particular ingredients are suitable and all Syns accounted for.

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18 Comments

  1. Monica 2nd March 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Wow – that is insanely fast to have something so cozy looking on the table! I haven’t yet joined the Instant Pot bandwagon, but this makes a pretty convincing case. It probably is extra persuasive since it’s cold and rainy where I am today – makes cottage pie sound extra delicious! 🙂

    • Just Jo 3rd March 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      It’s crazy isn’t it? 12 minutes between you and a comfort eating classic! I really can’t recommend the IP enough, it’s a real essential in my kitchen 😀

  2. Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes 2nd March 2017 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    I never knew there was another name for Worcestershire sauce. Your pie looks wonderful – a great take on a classic.

    • Just Jo 3rd March 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Yup, the Henderson’s factory (which is teeny) is 5 mins away from where I live – you see it on menus and of course on the tables of restaurants and cafes all over Sheffield! The bottle looks veery similar if you google it 😉 And thank you – we love this for dinner!

  3. Oriana @Mommy's Home Cooking 2nd March 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh. This is totally perfection. Will have to find some of those ingredients and try it out. Pinned!

    • Just Jo 3rd March 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Thank you Oriana! I hope you find what you need and give this a go 😀

  4. Jacqueline (PiperCooks) 2nd March 2017 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Cottage pie is just the best, your recipe looks great! I gotta get an Instant Pot one day…

    • Just Jo 3rd March 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Join us Instant Potters Jacqueline 😉 We have the most tasty food around lol…

  5. Dannii 2nd March 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    I have such happy memories of cottage pie, as we always used to eat it growing up. I love how simple your recipe is too.

    • Just Jo 3rd March 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      It’s a nostalgia evoking meal for me too Dannii. It’s simple but so good – I hope you give it a try!

  6. Suchi Modi 2nd March 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    its great you made a complex recipe in a simple instant pot. looking forward to trying it.

  7. Jan 12th August 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Hello, thanks for sharing! Just FYI John and Lucy@goldenbakes: Henderson’s is not another name for (classic) Worcestershire sauce. Both are 19th C products, but Henderson’s is vegan. WS contains anchovies. Cheers.

  8. Heather 24th October 2017 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Hi – Is minced beef the same as ground beef? Thanks

    • Just Jo 24th October 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Yes, indeed it is Heather! x

  9. calliefnp@gmail.com 25th January 2018 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Hello! I followed this recipe and my potatoes were nowhere near done (mashable). What could have gone wrong?

    • Just Jo 25th January 2018 at 6:31 am - Reply

      Hi there. That sounds like the potatoes were cut too big. As they cook on a tall trivet, they are further away from the heat, especially as you’ve got mince blocking it too, and need to be smaller. 1.5 inched is what you’re after. Also, is there a chance you cooked it on low pressure? Very occasionally I’ve not noticed and cooked things on low!

  10. Lynda 22nd July 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

    What is a QPR or NPR?

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