Sausage and mash pie might not be a traditional British dish, but it certainly perfectly encapsulates British cuisine. Sausages are coated in a simple onion gravy, and topped with mashed potatoes in a pie dish.
If you're looking for a sausage cottage pie, or shepherd's pie with sausages, this recipe is for you! Juicy pork sausages are cooked in a simple homemade onion gravy, and topped with cheesy mashed potatoes to create a fantastic dinner pie that your family will love.
Sausage and mash pie is incredibly easy to make, and a nice upgrade from serving the two components separately. It's perfect for a weeknight dinner, and you can serve it with your favorite side dishes to complete the meal.
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Why you'll love it
- Easy to make
- Loved by kids and adults
- A delicious way to eat sausages and mashed potatoes
- With traditional British flavors
- Easy to customize to suit your preferences
Potatoes: Use your favorite potatoes to make mash, like Maris Piper.
Cheese, butter and milk: Gives the mashed potatoes the best texture.
Sausages: Pork sausages are most traditional, but you can also use vegetarian sausages or chicken sausages.
Onions: The onions give a fantastic flavor to the sausage filling, and are a key part of making onion gravy.
Beef stock: Makes the sauce really flavorful. You can use homemade or store bought beef broth, or make it from a bouillon cube.
Olive oil: Used to cook the sausages and onions. You can also use canola oil or vegetable oil. If you use high fat pork sausages, you might not need to use any cooking oil at all.
Tomato paste: Or tomato puree. Adds a tomato based flavor to the sauce. Optional. You can also use ketchup or BBQ sauce.
All-purpose flour: Also known as plain flour, or just regular flour. This thickens the sauce.
Seasoning: Salt, pepper and dried herbs add flavor to the onion and sausage filling. Salt, pepper and nutmeg adds flavor to the mash.
You can find full instructions + ingredient measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of this page
One: Heat up olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the sausages. Cook until they have browned on the bottom, then flip. Remove the sausages from the pan when they are brown on all sides.
Two: Add sliced onions to the same pan. Sauté for a few minutes until the onions are soft, stirring occasionally.
Three: Add seasoning and tomato paste to the onions. Stir to combine, and sauté for another minute or until fragrant. Add the flour, and stir to coat the onions evenly.
Four: Gradually add beef broth to the pan. The flour will cause a thick sauce to form. Add the mustard. Allow the onion sauce to simmer for a few minutes.
Five: Add the sausages and onion gravy to a pie dish.
Six: Meanwhile, peel and dice the potatoes. Add them to a large pot, and cover with water. Bring this to a boil, and allow the potatoes to simmer for a few minutes, or until they are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork.
Seven: Drain off excess water from the potatoes, and add milk, seasoning, butter and cheese. Use a potato masher to mash everything together. Add extra cheese or seasoning to taste if you wish.
Eight: Add the mashed potatoes on top of the sausages in the pie dish. Bake the pie in a preheated oven at 400 F / 200 C for about 15 minutes, or until the mash is slightly golden on top.
- Keep an eye on the food while it cooks. The onion gravy and sausages can burn very quickly if you don't watch them.
- Taste the onion sauce and mashed potatoes before you add them to the pie. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
- You can omit the extra oil if you use pork sausages with a high fat content.
- If the onions stick to your pan, you might have to add a little extra cooking oil.
- You can use any family sized pie dish, casserole dish or baking dish. Don't over fill it, or the filling could spill out on the edges.
Serve your sausage and mashed potato pie with any of your favorite side dishes. I love to complete the meal with a hearty vegetable side dish, but anything goes!
Here are some favorite recipes to pair this with:
- Roasted Tenderstem Broccoli
- Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
- Spicy Roasted Carrots
- Mozzarella Stuffed Mushrooms
- Instant Pot Asparagus
- Air Fryer Cauliflower
Added vegetables: Feel free to add diced vegetables to the mash, or add vegetables to the pie filling. I like to cut or dice the vegetables into small chunks. Try adding for example carrots, peppers, corn, broccoli, peas or green beans. Add the vegetables to the skillet with the onion gravy to heat them up before you add them to the pie filling.
Lighter swaps: Use veggie sausages, chicken sausages or low fat sausages for a lighter option. You can also omit the cheese from the mash, or replace the mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower or Healthy Mashed Potatoes.
Gluten free: Make sure to use gluten free ingredients. Gluten free all-purpose flour can be found in the allergy friendly section of most supermarkets, and many brands of beef broth are certified gluten free.
Dairy free: Use dairy free cheese and butter. You can omit the cheese if you can't find a vegan alternative.
To make this recipe, you will need a family sized pie dish, lasagna dish or any other casserole dish. You can even use a cake pan or any other dish that goes into the oven.
Additionally, you will need a large pot to boil the potatoes, and a pot or skillet to cook the sausages and onion gravy. I also like to use a potato masher to mash the potatoes, and a spatula or a wooden spoon to stir the gravy.
Store any leftover sausage and mash pie in sealed containers in a refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in a microwave or oven for a few minutes, then serve the dish warm.
You can also freeze the leftovers for up to 3 months. You can freeze the pie in a freezer friendly pie dish, or in other containers. Allow the pie to thaw before you reheat it.
Sausage pie with mashed potatoes is an excellent freezer meal, and it's perfect to have on hand for busy days when you don't have time to cook.
Frequently asked questions
Sausage and mash is simply cooked sausages served with mashed potatoes. It's a popular dish in the UK, but also enjoyed in other countries around the world. The sausages are typically cooked in a frying pan or oven, while the mashed potatoes are made separately.
The famous pie that's topped with mashed potatoes is shepherd's pie, or cottage pie. Many other types of pie are also topped with mash, including sausage and mash pie and traditional fish pie.
Any sausages can be used to make pie. Chicken sausage, pork sausage, vegetarian sausage, smoked sausage, chorizo and sausage meat are all excellent options.
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Sausage and Mash Pie
- Pie Dish
- Frying Pan
- Heat up olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the sausages. Cook until they have browned on the bottom, then flip. Remove the sausages from the pan when they are brown on all sides.6 pork sausages, 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Add sliced onions to the same pan. Sauté for a few minutes until the onions are soft.2 cups sliced onion
- Add Italian seasoning and tomato paste to the onions. Stir to combine, and sauté for another minute or until fragrant. Add the flour, and stir to coat the onions evenly.1 tablespoon tomato paste, ½ teaspoon dried herbs, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Gradually add beef broth to the pan. The flour will cause a thick sauce to form. Add the mustard. Allow the onion sauce to simmer for a few minutes.½ cup beef broth
- Add the sausages and onion gravy to a pie dish.
- Meanwhile, peel and dice the potatoes. Add them to a large pot, and cover with water. Bring this to a boil, and allow the potatoes to simmer for a few minutes, or until they are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork.2 pounds potatoes
- Drain off excess water from the potatoes, and add milk, seasoning, butter and cheese. Use a potato masher to mash everything together. Add extra cheese or seasoning to taste if you wish.2 tablespoons butter, ½ cup cheddar cheese, ½ cup milk, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Add the mashed potatoes on top of the sausages in the pie dish. Bake the pie in a preheated oven at 400 F / 200 C for about 15 minutes, or until the mash is slightly golden on top.
- Store leftovers in a refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat and serve.
- Add vegetables like diced carrots, peas, green beans, corn or diced peppers to the filling if you like.
- For a lighter version, you can use chicken sausages, and omit the cheese from the mashed potatoes. Alternatively, replace the mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower instead.
Food safety tips
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove