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Cauliflower & bean potato pie

Serves 6

Adapted from a recipe in The Guardian's Cook section on 18.1.14


2 onions, chopped
25g butter
large tin of white beans, drained & rinsed
1kg (approx) potatoes, peeled & cubed
1kg (approx) cauliflower, cut into large pieces
4-5 tsps mustard
100g cheese, grated
1 egg
50ml milk
salt & pepper
herbs of your choice (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan gently melt the butter and then add the onions. Fry until soft but not coloured.
  2. Pre-heat oven to gas 4/180C
  3. Add the potatoes & cauliflower & cover with water. Season, bring to the boil & simmer until the potatoes are soft. Drain & mash.
  4. In a large baking dish mix together the mashed veg, beans, mustard, egg, milk and approx 3/4 of the cheese. Season/add herbs to taste.
  5. Run a fork over the top of the dish and then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
  6. Bake until the top is golden brown (approx 30 mins in my oven).
Suggested variations:
  • Serve with sausages and a rich gravy.
  • Add cooked bacon into the pie at step 4.
  • Serve with braised red cabbage.

This recipe tastes even better made with vegetables from Community Harvest Whetstone :)
Cauliflower & bean potato pie close-up