Healthy living

Potato topped beef and mushroom pies

A classic recipe with a fluffy, cheesy potato crust.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4


  • olive or canola oil spray
  • 2 onions, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 kg potatoes, peeled, cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 400 g lean beef mince
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 400 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 250 mL salt-reduced beef or chicken stock
  • 100 mL reduced-fat milk
  • 1 cup grated reduced-fat cheddar cheese


1. Spray a large non-stick saucepan with oil and place on medium to high heat. 

2. Cook onion and carrot for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally; add garlic and stir 1 minute. 

3. Meanwhile, place potatoes covered with water in a large saucepan over high heat, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes until soft. 

4. Add mince to onion mixture and brown for 5 minutes, stirring to break up lumps. 

5. Sprinkle over flour, season with pepper and stir well; mix in mushrooms, thyme and add stock. 

Reduce heat to medium; simmer covered for 15 minutes, or longer if time permits, stirring occasionally until thickened slightly. 

7. Drain cooked potatoes and mash with milk until smooth. 

8. Divide meat mixture between 4 small 1 1/2-cup capacity overproof bowls. 

9. Spread mash evenly over mince to the edge of each dish. Sprinkle with cheese and place under a preheated grill for 5 minutes or until browned lightly.


Alternatively, bake in a 2 litre capacity overproof dish. Pour meat mixture into dish and spread mash evenly over mince to the edge of dish. Sprinkle with cheese and bake in an oven preheated to 190°C (170°C fan forced) for 30–40 minutes.


  • For a vegetarian option, substitute beef for a drained 400 g can no-added-salt lentils.
  • To vary flavour, add 2 teaspoons curry powder or a 400 g can no-added-salt diced tomatoes and 2 tablespoons no-added-salt tomato paste.
  • Replace onions with leek and mashed potato with sweet potato or pumpkin.

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