Spicy lentil shephards pie
Shepherds pies were made for busy Monday’s! and breatheeee… The day is almost complete ? What’s not to love about spicy lentils and butterbeans topped with cheesy creamy mash.
What you’ll need:
- 250g garden peas
- 400g lentils
- 250g butter beans
(Grams above for lentils and beans are for the weight after they are cooked through not their dry weight)
- 1 carrot
- 1 red onion
- 1 stick of celery
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- Handful of mushrooms
- 6-7 large potatoes
- Almond milk
- Dairy free butter
- 1 cup of passata
- Violife dairy free Mozzarella cheese
- Salt, pepper, chilli sauce, Dijon mustard, cumin, thyme, agave syrup
For the lentil mix:
- In a pan, sautée the chopped celery, carrot, mushrooms, red onion and garlic in dairy free butter and add your thyme and cumin.
- After about 10 min add 250ml approx of veg stock into the pan with the veg. Bring the boil and then reduce to a simmer
- Add cooked peas, butterbeans and lentils to the veg and stir through along with the cup of passata.
- I add a little squeeze of agave and a large spoonful of chilli but less here if you’re not a fan of the heat.
- Adjust seasoning with more salt/pep and thyme etc.
- Let it simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed but leave a little as it wil dry out in the oven otherwise.
- Spoon into an ovenproof dish and top with the creamy mash.
For the mash:
- Peel and chop potatoes. Pop into a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a medium heat until cooked through.
- Drain and get mashing. I added a generous pour of almond milk, a little pinch of mustard, salt/pep and dairy free butter.
- Mash until smooth and creamy. I grated a packet of Violife Mozzarella cheese into the potato. This is optional But who doesn’t love cheesy mash.
- I prefer to add into the mash instead of grating it on top at the end. Mmm delicious.
- Spread evenly over the veg and lentil mix. Score across the top and into the oven at 180c for 30-35 min.
- Remove from the oven and serve up. I often substitute chickpeas in place of butterbeans or just do all lentils so don’t be a slave to the recipe. Shaking it up is fine too.
Ah Monday eats are always the most hearty and comforting.