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Lentil and sweet potato shepherd's pie recipe

Lentil and sweet potato shepherd's pie recipe

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Serve up a hearty feast for the family with this veg-packed shepherd's pie, topped with a fluffy sweet potato topping - delicious! See method

  • Serves 4
  • Takes 45 mins
  • 359 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 2 tbsp olive oil​
  • 1 onion, finely chopped​
  • 1 carrot, scrubbed and finely chopped
  • 10g rosemary, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 390g tins green lentils
  • 400g tin plum tomatoes
  • 500g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • ½ head of broccoli, cut into florets
3 of your five-a-day and high in fibre

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    9g 13%
  • Saturates

    2g 9%
  • Sugars

    16g 18%
  • Salt

    0.4g 7%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 51.3g Protein 12.6g Fibre 15.7g


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry the onion and carrot for 6-8 mins until lightly golden and tender. Add the rosemary and garlic and fry for another 1-2 mins until fragrant. Add the lentils and the water in the tin, the tomatoes and 250ml water. Break up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Season well; bubble over a medium heat for 15-20 mins until thickened and saucy. 
  2. Meanwhile, boil the sweet potatoes for 15-20 mins until very tender. Drain well, then tip back into the pan; season with black pepper and mash until smooth. 
  3. Heat the grill to high. Spoon the lentil mixture into a 20cm round or 25 x 20cm baking dish. Spoon on the mash, smooth over to cover the filling, then swirl with a fork. Grill for 10-15 mins until the mash is turning lightly golden in places and the filling is piping hot. 
  4. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli for 6-8 mins until the stems are tender. Serve alongside the pie.

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Freezing and defrosting guidelines

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