A meal to rush home for.


  • 450 g potatoes, well scrubbed
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 600 g minced beef
  • 1 tblsp tomato puree
  • 50 ml beef stock (or ½ glass red wine)
  • 3 tblsp milk
  • 25 g butter
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh thyme leaves, to garnish


  • Cover the potatoes with cold water in a pan and add a pinch of salt.
  • Cover the potatoes with cold water in a pan and add a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes or until completely tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife.
  • Drain in a colander and peel the potatoes while they are still hot.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes until just beginning to soften but not colour.
  • Stir the mince into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned, breaking up any lumps with the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Stir in the tomato puree and red wine/stock and cook gently for another 10 minutes until completely tender. Season to taste and keep warm or reheat as needed.
  • Transfer the beef to an ovenproof casserole dish.
  • Push the cooked peeled potatoes through a potato ricer or sieve using a spatula. Quickly heat the milk in a pan. Beat the butter into the warm mashed potato and then add enough milk to make a smooth puree. Season to taste.
  • Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5. Pipe or spoon the potatoes onto the top of the meat mixture. Sprinkle with approximately 50g grated cheese and bake in the oven for approximately 12-15 minutes or until the potato topping has become golden brown and the meat mixture is really hot on the underneath.