Veggie shepherd's pie with sweet potato mash

Veggie shepherd's pie with sweet potato mash

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Prep: 25 mins Ready in 45 mins


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

  • Freezable
  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal531
  • fat17g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs79.6g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre12g
  • protein16g
  • salt3.95g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 large carrot (500g/1lb 2oz in total), cut into sugar-cube size pieces



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 tbsp thyme chopped


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 200ml red wine
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 410g can green lentils



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 950g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 25g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 85g vegetarian mature cheddar, grated

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  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.

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Comments (317)

felicityburch's picture

Made this for dinner yesterday, but the leftovers were even better today! Very tasty and straightforward.

I used dried lentils, so had to cook for a bit longer and add some extra liquid, but that worked perfectly :)

simmsy19's picture

I used a tin of tomatoes with garlic and added a small tin of Kidney beans. I also added a teaspoon of sugar to the onions to caramelise them. This is one of the best vegetarian meals I have made. Delicious!

whirlwind's picture

I made this last week and we had half of it on its own for dinner one night and then served it the next night with some sausages and a rocket (mostly to shut my husband up who was sulking about having to eat veggie). It actually went really well with the sausages.
I have to say that the dish tasted better the second night (ignoring the sausages) as the flavours in the pie really seemed to have come together overnight.

Next time I will probably do half normal potato and half sweet potato as I found it a little too sweet, but that's just my personal taste.

I used slightly less water than suggested but kept the same amount of wine for flavour. Just keep reducing it until it's at a consistency you like.

I will definitely make this again (despite the moaning husband!) as it is such a cheap tasty dish.

neatandtidy's picture

I've made this several times for veggies and meat eaters and it always goes down well. Super healthy and super tasty!

petergallivan's picture

Fantastic! I added two cloves of garlic and a tsp of smoked paprika to liven it up a bit, along with some wholemeal breadcrumbs on the top. I really like how much more moist the top is with sweet potato compared to the usual potato topping of these sorts of things.

gnomestar's picture

Thought this was a bit too runny and the carrots were still raw so gave the meal a funny texture. Would make it again but would cook the carrots 1st and maybe add some mushrooms!

cottlefish's picture

Wasn't too into this, sorry! The flavours were too light.

mitchity40's picture

Really tasty.. I bought red lentils by mistake and used less wine as suggested ( drinking left over while cooking!) Carniverous family loved it and came back for seconds. The mash bit was enjoyed the most. Good midweek tasty warming meal.

paulharbour's picture

Couldn't believe how tasty this was with so few ingredients. Used a pretty good Rioja and simmered for quite a while the lid off. Now a definite favourite.

fpinsent's picture

I've made this a few times now and absolutely love it. I use red lentils as they don't take so long to cook and they also help thicken the sauce if they are slightly overdone.

77loopylou's picture

My family thought this was super yummy. I didn't add red wine just added the same amount of water and i used white potatoes as had no sweet potatoes in. It was really easy and very tasty.

namono's picture

Made it without the wine and was delicious. Easily served more than the 4 suggested - ended up having it as a side dish for a few days!

funk42's picture

Delicious and bulked it out with a bag of Quorn, celery and a red pepper and it fed 7 of us! Definitely make it again.

alex3shoes's picture

Loved it! Reduced wine and also baked the sweet potatoes in the oven(not as watery as boiling), scooped out middle, added a pinch of cumin. Also love the idea of the cannaloni, will try this next time.

lau70lau's picture

very impressed with the rich taste of the filling, although I added garlic and a few more herbs to up the flavour against the sweet pots. Did take me longer than the recipe suggests, and left me with a messy kitchen so will repeat on a day off next time.

lizalurecipes's picture

Delicious! Mine looked abit runny so I added some quinoa which worked v well. Hmm, will be cooking again.

shansgal's picture

This was a very nice dish. I used 2 onions instead of 1, used 1/2 carrots and 1/2 radishes (since that was all I had), and added a Tbsp greek yogurt to the sweet potato mash to give it a creamier texture.

emmaj4's picture

Yum yum! I must admit I added tuna and changed to white was really tasty!

skyeleonsmummy's picture

Great quick dinner for the week, my husband and kids loved it

winnietherat's picture

Made some basic changes as recommended by other users like but I doubled up the quantity. I strained the mix before putting it in the pie dish and used it for gravy on serving. The receipe does need something for for a little extra oomph but it was very nice and def something I will make again. Perhaps adding chilli and extra veg.


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