SW recipe: Cheese-topped Cumberland pie

2½ Syns per serving, serves 8
This delish recipe makes two pies (each serving 4)


  • Low-calorie cooking spray
  • 1kg lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 3 level tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 5 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 850ml beef stock
  • Green cabbage, shredded and steamed, to serve

For the topping:

  • 1.8kg floury potatoes, such as Desiree, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 8 spring onions, thinly sliced, reserving some to serve
  • 2 tbsp mustard powder
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 100g reduced-fat extra-mature Cheddar, grated


  1. Spray a large non-stick saucepan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Fry the mince in batches, draining off any excess fat, and transferring to a bowl once browned. Add the onions, carrots and celery to the pan with a mug of water and cook over a medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in the flour and tomato purée, then the mince, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and stock. Simmer gently, uncovered, for 45 minutes (the gravy should have thickened – if not, bubble a little longer).
  3. Meanwhile, for the topping, boil the potatoes for 12-15 minutes until tender, drain and tip back into the saucepan. Add the spring onions and mustard powder and mash well. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then mash in the eggs and season.
  4. Preheat your oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 7. Spoon half the beef mixture into an A4-size baking dish and the rest into a freezer proof baking dish, then divide over the mash. Leave the pie in the freezer proof dish to cool for freezing. Evenly sprinkle half the cheese over the other pie and bake for 25-30 minutes. Scatter over the reserved spring onions and serve a quarter per person with the cabbage.


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