Overhead photo of sweet potato cottage pie with a spoonful taken out on a red and white fabric.

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie

Rich beef mince filling with carrots, celery and onions. This healthy cottage pie recipe makes the perfect family dinner recipe. Also suitable for freezing and easy to make Slimming World friendly or gluten free.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 616 kcal
Author Sarah Barnes


  • 1 kg Minced Beef About 10% fat
  • 200 g Onion Peeled and chopped, about 2 large onions
  • 300 g Carrots Peeled and chopped
  • 300 g Celery Peeled and chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Peeled and crushed
  • 10 g Fresh thyme Leaves taken off of the stalks
  • 4 tbsp Plain flour
  • 250 ml Red wine
  • 750 ml Beef stock
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp Tomato puree
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 kg Sweet potatoes Peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 500 g White potatoes Peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 100 g Cheddar cheese Grated


  1. Fry the beef mince in batches until brown all over. (You shouldn't need any oil as fat will be released from the mince.) As it cooks, spoon it out into a dish.

  2. In the same pan, in the fat left in the pan, fry off the onions, carrots, celery, garlic and thyme gently for about 10 minutes until starting to soften.

  3. Add the meat back into the pan with the vegetables and stir in the flour and mix well so it's disbursed through.

  4. Pour in the red wine (if using) and allow to bubble away for 5 minutes.

  5. Add in the beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree and plenty of salt and pepper. Put the lid on and cook gently over a low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Preheat the oven to 180C.

  7. Meanwhile, boil the sweet potatoes and white potatoes in a pan of boiling water for about 20 minutes until soft and tender.

  8. Drain and mash well.

  9. When the mince is cooked, transfer to one large or two smaller shallow dishes. Top with the mashed potatoes, sprinkle on the cheese.

  10. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Cottage Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 616 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 612mg27%
Potassium 2072mg59%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 42115IU842%
Vitamin C 22.3mg27%
Calcium 257mg26%
Iron 7.9mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.