‘It’s like Marmite’ is a widely used phrase to describe an ambiguous feeling of love or hate – as experienced by tasters of this widely enjoyed savoury spread. I personally love the tangy bite first experienced when growing up either on toast or as a hot drink in the Winter months. But I have friends who loathe it with a passion. So here is my ‘Love or Hate’ Recipe offering – and if you and your loved ones like Marmite, it really does add the relish you will enjoy with this hearty Cottage Pie.


800g Potatoes (Maris Piper or King Edwards are best)
1 Tablespoon Oil
1 Medium Onion – Finely Chopped
1 Large Carrot – Finely Chopped
1 Leek – Thinly Sliced
500g Extra Lean Mince (Beef, Pork or Turkey works well)
1 and a half Teaspoons Marmite – The special ingredient
Instant Gravy Granules made up with 500ml of water
Knob Butter
Splash of Milk


Cut Potatoes into chunks and boil for 12-15 Mins or until tender, Drain Well

Mix in butter and milk and set aside

Preheat Oven to 190c

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the mince & onion for 8-10 mins

Add the carrot and leek and cook for further 8 mins

Add the gravy and cook for 3 or 4 mins.

Place mince mixture into an oven proof dish

Top with the Mash

Make a fancy pattern on top of the mash, this helps create a crispy topping

Sprinkle a little grated cheese on top if you wish

Place in oven and cook for 20mins until bubbling and topping has browned.

Serve with steamed vegetables

Please let us know if you try this cottage pie with a twist of Marmite we are sure you will enjoy it

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