Swede & Thyme Cottage Pie

Preparation time:    30 mins
Cooking time:           45-50 mins
Serves:                      4

What you need

400g John Penny beef mince
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
250g white closed cup mushrooms
2 carrots, peeled and diced
700g jar passata
1¼ tablespoons freshly chopped thyme leaves
1 large swede
100ml milk
Freshly ground black pepper

How to cook

Preheat the oven to Gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C, 350°F.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a deep frying pan and add the mince. Fry for 5-10 minutes until browned.

Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the onion to the pan and fry until softened. Add the garlic and mushrooms, carrots, passata and 1 tablespoon of the thyme. Return the mince to the pan and stir well, simmer for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the swede. Boil for about 15 minutes until tender and then drain and mash with the milk. Stir through the remaining thyme leaves and season with black pepper.

Pour the mince mixture into a 2-litre casserole dish and top with the swede mash.

Bake for 30 minutes, then finish under the grill for 5 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Cook's tip: Cooking for two? This cottage pie can be frozen.

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