Cottage Macaroni Pie

Cottage Macaroni Pie

This cottage macaroni pie was a yummy success with the kids  - a cross between a cottage pie and macaroni cheese. Will definitely be making this again.


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Cottage Macaroni Pie

A cross between a cottage pie and macaroni cheese.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 55 mins


  • 2 TBSP Garlic Oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Leek
  • 1 Celery stalk
  • 1 Carrot, peeled
  • 1 TBSP fresh Thyme leaves
  • 750g Minced Beef
  • 1 Tin chopped Tomatoes
  • 200ml Beef Stock
  • 2 TBSP Ketchup
  • Splash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • For the topping;
  • 200g Strong Cheddar, grated
  • 200ml Creme Fraiche (I used Roddas)
  • 200g Macaroni
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Step 1: Process the onion, leek, celery, carrot and garlic in the processor (or chop finely)
  • Step 2: Heat the garlic oil in a large pan and fry the blitzed veg and thyme for 5 minutes until soft.
  • Step 3: Turn the heat up and add the minced beef, fry until brown then add the tomatoes, stock, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce, plus seasoning. Simmer on a low heat for about an hour.
  • Step 4: Meanwhile put a pan of salted water onto boil. When at boiling point add the macaroni. Place a large glass bowl over the pan add add the creme fraiche, cheese and mustard. By the time the macaroni is cooked you should have a silky smooth cheese sauce.
  • Step 5: Preheat oven to 180°c and spoon the meat mixture into an ovenproof dish. Pour over the cheesy macaroni and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until brown and bubbling. Serve with garden peas.


  1. Great idea this!

  2. You could do this with so many things Jac - Bolognese, Chilli - it's really good

  3. Love macaroni cheese and what a fab idea to use it as a pie topping!

  4. Wonderful idea - no messing around making a roux, and disguised vegetables - sounds like my type of dish!!

  5. I've never heard of cottage pie before! I'm most intrigued. It looks delicious.

  6. Great idea, Beth, this dish looks and sounds fabulous.

  7. Love the sound and look of this dish, must give this a try!