Ah cottage pie, is there anything in this world more comforting than cottage pie? There certainly is not! Okay, maybe I have said that about a lot of my recipes, but seriously guys, put your pjs on and eat this out of a bowl in bed while binge watching Netflix and you are in for a real treat. A real treat which is high in protein and coated in a layer of creamy broccoli and topped off with a layer of melted cheese – HELLO!
This recipe is a continuation of my collaboration with Bearfaced Groceries who I have had the amazing opportunity to work with to create some healthy and nutritious recipes to share with you all.
All of the produce and vegetables used to create this recipe are from Bearfaced Groceries, aside from the butter and tomato puree. I highly recommend giving Bearfaced a go to see for yourself just how great they are! Order via this link to receive £10 off your first order!
Ingredients – Serves 6
1 brown onion
3 garlic cloves
400 grams lean beef mince
3 1/2 tbsp tomato puree
4 bay leaves
3 stalks of parsley
2 heads of broccoli
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
30 grams of cheddar cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 180 Celsius
Chop up the leek, garlic, parsley, carrots and broccoli, put these to one side.
Finely chop the brown onion and cook in the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the onions are becoming translucent, add in the garlic and mince.
When the mince is browned, pour in about 2 cups of water. Add in the parsley, carrots, leek, bay leaves and tomato puree. Cover and leave to simmer for about 25 mins on low heat.
Meanwhile, boil the broccoli until soft. Alternative you can steam the broccoli – totally up to you, I’m not here to tell you how to live your life.
Once the broccoli is soft, drain and blend with the butter. If you do not have a blender, you can use an electric masher/creamer or do it by hand with a potato masher. Once it’s nice and creamy, it’s done.
When the 25 mins of simmering is up, transfer the contents of the pan into a baking tray. Next ,spread the creamed broccoli over the top, until it is completely coated.
Finish it off by sprinkling the grated cheese.
Bake in the oven for about 25 mins or until the cheese is a nice golden brown on the edges – as pictured.