Butternut Cottage Pie

Low Calorie, Butternut Topped Cottage Pie


This is a dish I have been making for years! Everybody loves a comforting Cottage Pie, but some want it without the starchy calories of mashed potato...In comes Butternut Mash! This dish is so tasty, comforting & easy to make - the green peppers give it a real edge in flavor! 


  • 1 large Butternut Squash - peeled, seeded & chopped into small 1 inch squares
  • 350g ground beef 
  • 1 green pepper - finely chopped
  • 1 pack approx. 125g spring onions - white part chopped (keep green for another dish like salad)
  • 1 large carrot (shredded or chopped finely)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Beef Stock (approx. 120ml)
  • Grated cheese to top (cheddar best; this is optional if you're wanting to keep it super low calorie)
So much goodness (and color!)

So much goodness (and color!)

Frying up while boiling the butternut squash

Frying up while boiling the butternut squash

Method: Set Oven 200c

  • In a large pot, bring salted water to the boil - add the butternut chunks & boil while you continue with the below (keep an eye so they don't over softened - about 10-15 minutes) 
  • In another pan, add olive oil, fry your Spring onions, Green pepper & Carrots till lightly brown
  • Add minced beef & season generously with salt & pepper
  • Cook until the beef is browned - add the Worcester sauce & beef stock
  • Simmer for 5 minutes (stirring well)
  • Drain the butternut squash & mash in the pot, keeping back about 1 tbl spoon - add salt & pepper to the squash & stir well - set aside for topping
Ground beef layer 

Ground beef layer 

Topped with Mashed Butternut Squash & Grated cheese (optional)

Topped with Mashed Butternut Squash & Grated cheese (optional)

  • Place the minced beef mixture into an oven proof dish, then top it with the butternut squash 
  • Top with grated cheese (optional) & bake for approx 20 min - grill for last 3-4 min to brown the top (optional)
  • Serve as is for a healthy nutritious meal
Ready to enjoy! 

Ready to enjoy! 

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Claire x