Lentil Shepherds Pie

You can make a veggie shepherds pie by substituting the meat and gravy for vegetarian alternatives but I think this version is lighter while still being a very comforting type of meal.

Ingredients:

150g dried green lentils
1 medium butternut squash
3 decent sized baking potatoes
1 vegetarian stock cube
Chopped onion
Chopped sweet peppers
1 tablespoon of tomato puree
Handful of fresh basil leaves
Butter
Salt & pepper
Vegetarian cheese

Make it:

Rinse your lentils in plenty of cold water.

In a saucepan heat up plenty of water and add a vegetarian stock cube. Wait until the water boiling, add the lentils and then turn the pan down and simmer for 30 minutes.
In a wok or large frying pan heat a little oil and saute the garlic, onion and peppers.

Peel the potatoes and then attack the butternut squash with a knife. I know they are a real pain to slice and dice but it is worth it I promise.

lentil shepherd's pie

Chop the butternut squash into bite size pieces. Add about 2/3 to the frying pan and soften for about 10 minutes. If the pan is getting dry spoon in a little of the stock the lentils are cooking in.

Add the rest of the butternut squash to the potatoes and boil these for about 20 minutes until they are tender.

When the lentils are cooked, drain them but reserve the cooking water. Add them to the vegetables and mix. Add the tomato puree and if the mixture seems too thick loosen it with a little of the reserved lentil water.

Spoon the mixture into a large square casserole dish.

Mash the potatoes and butternut squash with lots of butter and season with salt and pepper.

lentil shepherd's pie

Whack the mash on the vegetable mix, cover with grated cheese and cook in the oven at about 200 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

lentil shepherd's pie

Enjoy!



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2 comments

  1. sunithi says:

    Lovely ! I would love a bite of this ! I use lentils a lot so I’ll add this to my list of recipes to make. Looks very healthy !

  2. Fee Hutch Fee Hutch says:

    Fab :) I also find green lentils work really well in a lasagne instead of mince too.