Kumara Cottage Pie


  • 500g of beef mince 
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 large carrot 
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1⁄4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 500g kumara
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil for mash (optional)


Peel the kumara and cut each kumara into 4 pieces. Place in a pot of boiling water with the lid on & let simmer for 20 minutes.

In the mean time, dice the onion, garlic & carrots.

Heat a large pan on a medium heat with the olive oil. Saute the diced vegetables for a few minutes.

Add the mince & let cook in the pan for a few minutes. In the mean time grate the zucchini, then add to the mince along with the peas, curry powder & paprika.

When the mince is browned, add the stock & stir to combine.

Let the mince simmer on the stove for 20 minutes or until the stock has reduced right down. Add salt to taste to your liking if need be.

Once the kumara is cooked remove it from the stove & drain off the water.

Add the olive oil, salt & pepper then mash with a potato masher.

Place the mince mixture into an oven dish draining excess juice off.

Top with the kumara mash & smooth out the top.

Place in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes to bake.

Top with fresh herbs right before serving.