Vegetable and Lentil Cottage Pie

September 15, 2021

Vegetable and Lentil Cottage Pie

A warm and delicious pie packed with veggies and topped with creamy potato mash - you'll want to make it one night this week!
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped into about 1cm cubes
  • 200g piece of swede (or sweet potato), chopped into about 1m cubes
  • 125g dried red lentils
  • 400g can plum tomatoes
  • 1tbsp sun-dried tomato paste
  • 350ml vegetable stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 85g fresh spinach, chopped
  • 900g smooth potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 30g butter
  • 5tbsp full-fat or skim milk
  • 140g mature cheddar cheese, coarsely grated

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large, non-stick saute pan. Add the onions and garlic and fry for 8–10 minutes over a medium–high heat or until starting to turn golden, stirring occasionally. Pour the remaining tablespoon of oil into the pan, tip in the carrots and swede, and fry for 3 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium. Stir in the lentils, tomatoes, sun-dried tomato paste, and stock. Season and simmer, covered, for 35–40 minutes over a low heat, until the carrots and swede are tender and the lentils have softened.

Remove from the heat, stir in the spinach, and let it wilt. Check the sauce’s consistency. Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Leave to cool. Preheat the oven to 200C.

Put the potatoes into a large pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, add salt, and simmer for 15–20 minutes or until tender. Drain well. Put the butter and milk in the pan and warm through over a low heat. Remove from the heat, return the potatoes to the pan, and mash with the milk and butter, then whisk until smooth. Season, then stir in the cheese.

Spread the mash over the filling. Bake for 30–40 minutes until golden and bubbling.

Recipe by Mary Berry
Makes six serves.
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