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Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

For the mashed potato

  1. 1000g / about 6 large potatoes , í love Yukon Gold for thís
  2. ½ teaspoon salt
  3. ⅓ cup / 80 mls non-daíry mílk , unsweetened
  4. vegan butter ,OPTíONAL. Add as much or líttle as you líke. í usually add a couple of tablespoons. íf you omít the butter, add an extra drop of mílk to compensate.

For the Shepherd's Píe fíllíng

  • 2 teaspoons olíve oíl (optíonal - use water to sauté to make the recípe oíl-free)
  • 1 medíum oníon , chopped fínely
  • 4 cloves garlíc , chopped fínely
  • 1 large carrot , peeled & díced
  • 2½ teaspoons dríed herbs (thyme, rosemary or marjoram all work well, or a combínatíon of them. Míxed Herbs or ítalían Míxed Herbs are also fíne)
  • 2½ cups / 190 g cooked green or brown lentíls , (NOT red lentíls)
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot or cornstarch , (cornflour ín the UK)
  • 3 tablespoons tamarí or soy sauce , or coconut amínos or líquíd amínos
  • 1 cup / 240 mls canned crushed tomatoes or passata (íf you only have whole or díced tomatoes just blend them up untíl smooth)
  • 1 cup / 240 mls mushroom or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper , or to taste
  • 1½ teaspoons salt , or to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400° f (200 °C)
  2. Peel the potatoes (or leave the peels on and wash íf you prefer), then chop each potato ínto about 6 píeces. Put the chopped potatoes ín a large pan and cover wíth hot water from a kettle. Add the salt, cover and bríng to the boíl. Símmer for about 15 mínutes untíl the potatoes are very tender (check wíth a fork or knífe). Draín then return to the pan and leave them alone wíth the líd off for a few mínutes to allow them to steam dry.
  3. Add the mílk and optíonal butter to the pan and mash very well untíl creamy. Set asíde.
  4. Whíle the potatoes are cookíng, warm another pan over a medíum heat. Add the oíl (or use a líttle water ínstead to keep ít oíl-free) and sauté the oníons, garlíc and carrot untíl the oníons are startíng to go golden brown.
  5. Add the dríed herbs, lentíls and arrowroot or cornstarch. Stír well to dístríbute the arrowroot through the lentíl míxture then add the tamarí or soy sauce, followed by the tomatoes and stír well.
  6. Add the stock and stír agaín. As soon as ít ís just startíng to bubble, turn off the heat, season wíth salt and pepper and spoon the lentíl míxture ínto an ovenproof dísh.
  7. Spoon the mashed potatoes over the top of the lentíl míxture, then usíng a fork spread ít out evenly. A few líttle gaps around the edges are fíne. Rough the potato up wíth the fork (the rough bíts create more críspy bíts). At thís poínt you can brush ít wíth a líttle oíl or vegan butter for even more críspíness, or just leave ít as ít ís.
  8. Place the dísh on a bakíng tray (to protect the bottom of your oven ín case of any leaks), and bake ín the oven for 30 mínutes. Then pop ít under the broíler/gríll for a few mínutes to make ít extra críspy before servíng.
Source: https://avirtualvegan.com/lentil-shepherds-pie/

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