Slow-cooker cottage pie

Take the fuss out of this comfort food favourite.

  • 3 hrs 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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We've made this classic comfort food in the slow cooker to help with weeknight meals. Seasoned beef topped with buttery mash and browned under the grill to finish.
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This and more great slow cooked recipes can be found in The Australian Womens Weekly Slow Cook cookbook.


  • 1 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (150g), chopped finely
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 kilograms minced beef
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 stalk celery (150g), trimmed, chopped finely
  • 1 medium carrot (120g), chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup (70g) tomato paste
  • 1 cup (250ml) beef stock
  • 1 kilogram potatoes, chopped coarsely
  • 60 grams butter, chopped
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk, warmed
  • 1 cup (120g) coarsely grated cheddar
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  • 1
    Heat oil in a 4.5-litre (18-cup) slow cooker on sear (HIGH) setting; cook onion and garlic, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add beef; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until browned. Drain excess oil, if needed.
  • 2
    Add paprika and pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add celery, carrot, sauce, paste and stock. Cook, covered, on low for 3 hours. Season to taste.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, place potato in a large saucepan with enough cold water to barely cover potato; bring to the boil. Boil, over medium heat, for 15 minutes or until potato is tender; drain. Mash potato in a large bowl until smooth; stir in butter and milk. Season to taste.
  • 4
    Preheat grill.
  • 5
    Transfer beef mixture to a 2.5-litre (10-cup) capacity ovenproof dish. Top with potato mash; sprinkle with cheddar. Cook under the grill for 5 minutes or until cheddar melts and potato is warmed through. Serve pie sprinkled with parsley.

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