Ready Meals

Inspired by the best-loved dishes from around the world, our ready meals ranges include everything from healthy eating to indulgent dining.

Our highly skilled chefs at Kettleby Foods, Saladworks and Brooksby Foods produce mouthwatering ready meal recipes for retailers’ own brands.

Using only the best ingredients, our ready meals allow the consumer to spend less time in the kitchen preparing food, without compromising on quality.

Our development chefs are constantly devising exciting new recipe ideas, from traditional British, to fine Italian to pan Asian.

The new dishes we devise are tested by independent taste panels made up of consumers who shop regularly at our retail customers.

Ready Meals

The people in our Research & Development department who create our new recipes are all trained chefs with a restaurant background.

Cottage pie dates from the end of the 18th century and, to this day, it remains one of the UK’s favourite supper dishes. It’s the tasty beef, rich gravy and fluffy mashed potato that make it a hit with all the family.

Beef Filling

We use 100% Aberdeen Angus beef in our Tesco Finest cottage pies. The fine marbling of fat in the beef melts when it’s cooked to give it a delicious succulent flavour. All the meat we buy comes from cattle farms that meet the strict welfare and quality standards on beef.

The Sauce

We dice fresh onions and slowly cook them until they are soft and all the natural sweetness has been released. To this we add celery, carrot, beef stock, gravy browning, salt and pepper. We then simmer all the ingredients gently with the minced meat for just over an hour.

Potato Topping

We only use King Edward potatoes in our cottage pie as they are the best variety at producing a light and fluffy mash. We steam the potatoes, mash them, and then slowly blend in cream and butter. A parsley crumb is added to give the topping a tasty crunch.

Quality Control

We specify that all the Aberdeen Angus beef, King Edward potatoes, butter and cream we use in our Tesco Finest cottage pie are British. Each day, our Quality Assurance team taste-tests to ensure the pies that leave the bakery are of the highest quality.