Lentil & sweet potato cottage pie
Go meat-free with our vegan lentil pie. It features soy sauce for a hit of umami, mustard powder in the sweet potato mash and pumpkin seeds for crunch
- Serves: 6 persons
- 2onions, finely chopped
- 2carrots, finely chopped
- 2celery sticks, finely chopped
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 4garlic cloves, crushed
- 200ml red wine (check the label to ensure it’s vegan if needed)
- 1⁄2 bunch of thyme, leaves picked
- 2tbsp tomato purée
- 2tbsp soy sauce
- 2tsp caster sugar
- 2tsp red wine vinegar
- 2x 400g cans cooked green lentils, drained
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 1kg sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped into 3cm pieces
- 30g vegan margarine
- 2tsp mustard powder
- 2tbsp plant-based milk (we used oat milk)
- 2tsp pumpkin seeds
Step 1Tip the onions, carrots, celery and olive oil into a large saucepan. Cook over a medium heat for 8-10 mins until softened, add the garlic and fry for another minute. Pour in the wine to deglaze the pan (scraping up any bits stuck on the bottom), and simmer for 2 mins until most of the wine has evaporated.
Step 2Add the thyme, tomato purée, soy sauce, caster sugar and vinegar to the pan and stir to combine. Tip in the lentils, tomatoes and 100ml water and simmer for 10-12 mins until reduced and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Step 3Meanwhile, make the mash topping. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the sweet potatoes and simmer for 10-15 mins until cooked all the way through. Drain, then add the dairy-free margarine, mustard powder and milk, and mash until smooth along with plenty of salt and pepper.
Step 4Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Season the filling and pour it into a 25 x 20 x 7cm casserole dish. Top with the mash, starting with spoonfuls on the outside corners and working your way inwards so the filling doesn’t spill out. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top and bake for 30-35 mins until golden and bubbling. Once baked and left to cool, the pie will keep frozen for up to three months. Defrost thoroughly overnight, then reheat in the oven until piping hot.