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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sallyjenn's picture
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This was lovely! Needed a bit longer in the over than the recipe gives but my meat-eater other half was impressed!

hippychick4eva's picture
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Love this.
In my opinion the amount of wine is fine, I tend to add a bit of cornflour mixed with a small amount of water to the sauce at the end to really thicken it up and make it all stick together nicely. I also add a clove or two of garlic to the mash and mix the cheese in with it rather than putting on top.
A really filling, healthy recipe.
It's interesting the comments people have made about using dried lentils, I can see that working quite well and will try it using this method next time.

curiouscas's picture

made this as the vegetarian option when cooking shepherds pie for 50+ people. Everyone utterly loved it even die hard meat eaters with a phobia of lentils. Personally I didn't get a chance to try it but only because everyone wolfed it down so quickly!

francampbell's picture
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yummy!!

applepiejo's picture
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Loved it, first time I've willing used lentils and I am a convert. Added some cayenne pepper too. Not a fan of sweet potato so normal mash for me.

wizzy_8's picture
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i used normal potatoes and chickpeas. i also used a clove of garlic, a squidge of tomato puree and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.. i've only made it once so don't know if that made it better or worse, but it was definitely nice!!

charleyguest's picture
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I cooked this the other day, was delicious!

I used half chickpeas, half lentils (instead of all lentils).

I took the advice from others, and reduced the water to 50ml, but kept the wine at 200ml.

Next time I am going to put mushrooms and maybe some other vegetables in too.

Great recipe! :)

galagalawatcha's picture
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This has become a firm fav in our house.

kara88's picture
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Yum! I thought this might be a bit 'Grub on a Grant', but it was lovely. I used the full amount of wine but added less water (the right way round if you need to cut back on liquid in my book) and also added a sprinkling of ground almonds to thicken it up before putting in the oven. I used white-fleshed sweet potatoes as they're not as sweet, kind of halfway between sweet and 'normal' spuds. Makes enough for at least six I'd say, rather than four, which I'm not complaining about.

littlejones's picture
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One of my housemates is vegetarian, so I try to find vegetarian meals we will all enjoy and was very disappointed. I followed the recipe exactly but found it very bland. Definitely won't be making this again.

hampanijad's picture
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We are vegetarians and this makes great dinner. I just use normal potatoes. Children love it.

nandoslover's picture
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Definitely needed something else in the sweet potato mash! Someone suggested cinnamon..?
But it was lovely - making this again for definite!

kazzac's picture
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I made this when my mum came to stay. I adapted the recipe slightly, using ordinary potatoes and dried red lentils (so I added extra stock and red wine and cooked the lentil mix for a bit longer). I also added celery, red pepper, mushrooms and tomato puree to the mix for some extra flavour and texture.

It was really yummy and one I'll make again.

grainnegleeson's picture
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I added a small packet of pancetta cubes to the frying onions, it gives a lovely flavour to the lentils. Not very vegetarian though!

rachelmanners's picture
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Really good recipe, althought I agree with other commenters that it needed about half the liquid suggested. I made it with normal potatoes which worked really well.

lizzysempill's picture

I made it for a family meal, changed nothing, and will certainly
do it again. Everyone loved it

teeny76's picture
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Lovely - used dry green lentils so I did need the extra liquid. Will be making it again

mairicarnegie's picture
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Thought i'd try this recipe when a veggie friend stayed for dinner, and it was enjoyed by everyone - including the non-veggies! I used dried mixed herbs rather than thyme (just what was in the cupboard), a mix of sweet and normal potatoes and reduced the sauce as suggested. A very yummy dish with deep flavours and the meat wasn't missed at all =)

lazywife's picture
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Deee-lishus! Everyone in the house enjoyed it. Have made it three times and even our staffie-rottweiler cross (normally not an enthusiatic vegetarian!) sits drooling while we are eating and then slobberingly devours any bits we bless her with. One of the best recipes I have tried.

lazywife's picture
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Deee-lishus! Everyone in the house enjoyed it. Have made it three times and even our staffie-rottweiler cross (normally not an enthusiatic vegetarian!) sits drooling while we are eating and then slobberingly devours any bits we bless her with. One of the best recipes I have tried.

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