Butternut Squash Cottage Pie

Pie sans filling.

With topping.

One of my original recipes and a firm favourite of mine. You can also add grated carrot, about 2 large carrots, and peas to the mince. And Sweet Potato and Parsnip to the mash.


For The Meat

450g Minced Beef or Ground Turkey
4 Rashers of Lean Bacon (Smoked if using Turkey)
Olive Oil for Frying

For The Gravy

1 Beef Stock Cube (Chicken if using Turkey) dissolved in 400ml Water
1/2 Large Yellow Onion, Chopped
2 Tbsp Cashew Butter
1 Tbsp Thyme or 3 Tbsp Fresh Thyme
1 Tbsp Parsley 3 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
1 Tsp Black Pepper
1 Tsp Garlic Granules
1/4 Tsp Salt
Olive Oil for Frying

For The Topping

800g Cubed Butternut Squash/Hokkaido Pumpkin/Harlequin Squash or Same in Sweet Potato
100g Red Cheddar, Grated
Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

Makes Three Servings.


1. Heat some Olive Oil in a pan and fry the Minced Beef until cooked through, drain and set aside.

2. Fry the Bacon until fully cooked and then chop fine and add to the Minced Beef.

3. Fry the Onion in the Olive Oil until soft, being careful not to burn. Then add the stock and bring to a boil, leave for a few minutes and then add the Cashew Butter and Herbs. Whisk everything together and cook covered for about ten minutes or until Cashew Butter has dissolved and gravy has thickened.

4. Add cooked Gravy to Minced Beef and Bacon, stirring together until well combined. Spoon into bowls.

5. Steam the Butternut Squash and when cooked add Salt and Pepper then mash slightly and add Red Cheddar and then mash until smooth. Spoon mash over Minced Beef mixture. Cook in the oven at 175c (Fan) for 25 minutes, then grill for remaining 5 until top is slightly crispy.

 photo WP_20160804_001_e_zpshekkshgp.jpgHarlequin squash before baking. The ultimate replacement for potato.


20 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Cottage Pie

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  2. Hi! I know you like to grow squash of any kind. Have you ever tried spaghetti squash? It has a really different texture when baked, I’m sure it would inspire you to make interesting dishes with it to share with us rhetorical devices… And no, I am not pestering you, so stop maundering! This being a “chiefly British” verb, according to my dictionary, no wonder I had never come across it before! Thank you for your ever educational posts, Jack…

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    1. I think you’ll have to go from dear reader to mind reader. I was just looking at a smaller variety of spaghetti squash yesterday. I’ll be growing my squash in pots so they’ll need to be just the right size and a full spaghetti squash might not do so well in a pot. Not to say I won’t try vertical growing in the ground. As long as it’s potentially fun I’ll give it a try. Or as we say here I’ll: “Give it a lash, Jack”. You’re welcome as always and thanks for dropping by.

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