For a cosy meat-free dinner, lentils go deliciously well in this shepherd’s pie with a cheesy sweet potato mash. Lentils are quite filling and high in fibre, and are a great alternative to mince meat. If you’ve been craving something a little healthier and lighter, give this a go! That said, I am a shameless cheese addict and I don’t know how healthy my dish ended up, but yours can be healthier than mine if you reduce the cheese :)
What you need
2 tb olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 sticks of celery, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bird’s eye chilli, finely chopped
400g can chopped tomatoes
200ml chicken or vegetable stock
1 tb tomato paste
1 tb worcestershire or soy sauce
1 tb sugar
splash of balsamic vinegar
½ tsp rosemary
2 bay leaves
400g can of tinned lentils, drained and rinsed
Sweet potato mash
½ a large sweet potato
1 cup milk
1 spring onion, chopped
1 tsp olive oil
½ cup cheese
pinch of cumin
salt + pepper
What to do
Preheat oven to 200°C.
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and gently fry the chopped onion, garlic, chilli, carrots and celery for 5-10 minutes, until softened.
Add the remaining lentil mixture ingredients except for the lentils and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the mixture has thickened. Remove the bay leaves and stir the lentils into the tomato sauce.
Meanwhile for the sweet potato mash, chop the sweet potato into inch sized pieces. Simmer in the milk, covered, for 15 minutes until the sweet potato is tender. Mash the sweet potatoes until all the lumps are gone. Gently fry the spring onions in some olive oil until softened, then add it to the mash. Add half the cheese, cumin and a generous amount of salt and pepper.
Spoon the lentil mixture into two deep ramekins or a medium sized pie dish and top with the sweet potato mash and the remaining cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the sweet potato is golden brown.
An utterly comforting cosy meal!