Veggie shepherd's pie with sweet potato mash

Veggie shepherd's pie with sweet potato mash

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Ready in 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

The secret to this shepherd's pie’s filling is to choose big carrots so they don’t lose their texture when cooked

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
531
protein
16g
carbs
79.6g
fat
17g
saturates
8g
fibre
12g
sugar
31g
salt
3.95g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 large carrots (500g/1lb 2oz in total), cut into sugar-cube size pieces
  • 2 tbsp thyme chopped
  • 200ml red wine
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 410g can green lentils
  • 950g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 25g butter
  • 85g vegetarian mature cheddar, grated

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then fry the onion until golden. Add the carrots and all but a sprinkling of thyme. Pour in the wine, 150ml water and the tomatoes, then sprinkle in the stock cubes and simmer for 10 mins. Tip in the can of lentils, including their juice, then cover and simmer for another 10 mins until the carrots still have a bit of bite and the lentils are pulpy.
  2. Meanwhile, boil the sweet potatoes for 15 mins until tender, drain well, then mash with the butter and season to taste. Pile the lentil mixture into a pie dish, spoon the mash on top, then sprinkle over the cheese and remaining thyme. The pie can now be covered and chilled for 2 days, or frozen for up to a month.
  3. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cook for 20 mins if cooking straight away, or for 40 mins from chilled, until golden and hot all the way through. Serve with broccoli.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2007

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dragonflies's picture

Really tasty recipe, agree with previous comments about chopping carrots smaller. Lovely with some green veg, it freezes excellently as well.

nkgandotra's picture
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An instant hit with my hungry housemates!

kc84's picture

I found this really bland. Will not be making again.

sp123's picture

Just made this for dinner and me, my husband, my 3 1/2 year old AND my 10 month old ALL liked and ate it, this has never happened before. Lovely recipe, I added garlic with the onion and 100ml of water instead of 150ml, I cut the carrots really small and cooked for slightly longer, it was delicious! Will be doing this again. Also have enough for lunch tomorrow left over.

sweetsparrow's picture

I made the same adjustments plus a bay leaf while cooking in the pan and used grated Parmesan instead of mature cheddar for topping. I also put sprigs of thyme in the mixture while cooking instead of chopping then removed it at the end, same flavour without tiny woody bits everywhere! My 3 year old loved it and it was a big hit with the meat-loving other half too. It's been a few years since I made this, why?! It's great!

Samamfer's picture

We're not veggies at our house, but my husband doesn't like mince beef (WHAT?!) so I thought I'd try this veggie pie.
We absolutely loved it!!! I didn't have enough sweet potatoes in so used some normal ones for the topping too but it was still gorgeous :)

goodfoodliz's picture
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Really, really scrummy. I'm not a great cook and it turned out really well. I used about 100ml of water (rather than the 150ml suggested) as I took into account the previous comments and also that it seemed rather too liquidy. My partner, who is a confirmed carnivore and hates vegetables, really loved it but thought there were too many carrots (I personally loved the carrots - which did still have a bit of bite). Next time, I think I won't reduce the amount of carrot but chop it a bit smaller.
I'm looking forward to making this recipe again.

vadjaja's picture

Super delicious, even my non vegetarian friends love this and declare it better than any traditional shepherds pie they have had!

atrixa's picture
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Not one i'd make again- I think you really need to parboil the carrots before you put them in the dish, as they felt almost raw. I also felt there was too much liquid, so the mash sank into the filling a bit too much.

donnadeedee's picture

So yummy! Am new to dabbling with vegetarian food. V filling. Made changes as per other's comments. Didnt add extra water just the wine. Had only few little carrots so added a tin of drained chickpeas. Added a little cinnamon and chilli powder. Also used 2 onions and 3 garlic cloves :-) To the mash I added tsp of smoked paprika. Definately going in my collection.

signeh's picture

Absolutely delishious! Very filling and I would say it makes five-six, not four, portions easily. We used red lentils instead of green, and although it might have turned out a bit too orange, it was a fantastic meal.

stokiemummy's picture
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Loved this.
Agree with others who said they reduced the volume of liquid. I used butter beans instead of lentils ( only because they were in the cupboard).
Would make again adding garlic to the sauce.

woodyishandsome's picture

i think this recipe is a bit bland. But when I added a bit of chilli and some oregano and mixed a whole boursin cheeese with garlic into the mash, it became very tasty. My daughter is a vegetarian and I find this again and again. Vegetarian recipes can be so boring! I also threw in some mushrooms and some spinach.

gardenfaery69's picture
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Love the sweet potato mash with this - made it on a warm sunny Spring day - even though I guess it's a more 'Winterey' dish, to use up a glut of carrots.

rubseb's picture

Delicious, filling, and easy to make. I added all of the wine and slightly less water (100 ml), and after 10 minutes of uncovered simmering over a medium-high heat the mixture came out nice and thick and not runny at all. I substituted the cheddar (which isn't readily available where I live) for some well-aged Gouda, which provided a nice tangy flavour that complemented the sweetness of the mashed potatoes. Next time I would use more cheese though, as well as some garlic and perhaps additional herbs & spices.

rmew100's picture
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I really enjoyed this dish. I cut the carrots fairly small (about half a sugar cube rather than a whole one) as this was my preference and they were still plenty crunchy enough. I also agree with the reduction of liquid. I drained the lentils and reduced the wine a bit and there was still plenty of liquid. I will be making this one again as it went down well with my small children.

louisebawden's picture
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Very very yummy, husband and children loved it. New regular in our house

rachelrose001's picture
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Really yummy - I also reduced the wine by a splash and changed the stock cubes for 1 beef 1 lamb which I think pleased my meat-loving boyfriend.

eleanor73's picture
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Really delicious and my partner loved it to even though he turned his nose up at 'another veggie dinner?'. I agree it tasted 'meaty' and also I didn't add the water either and it was still quite wet.

Bethanwy's picture
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I've been making this ever since I saw it in the magazine years ago. My favourite thing about it is how many people haven't noticed that it's vegitarian until after they've eaten.

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