This weeks meat free recipe

Meat Free Shepherd Pie

No meat meals do not have to be dull and tasteless. Here is a shepherds pie recipe with meat ingredients swapped, shepherds pie is a classic meal in the United Kingdom, it is red meat and vegetables topped with mash potatoes.


  • 50g butter
  • 2 onions (chopped)
  • 4 carrots (diced)
  • 1 head of celery (chopped)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves (finally chopped)
  • 7L vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 100ml red wine
  • 500g packed dried green lentils
  • 200g pack chestnut mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme

For the topping

  • 2kg floury potato
  • 85g butter
  • 100ml milk
  • 50g cheddar (grated)


  1. Sauce: heat 50g butter in a pan then gently fry 2 chopped onions, 4 diced carrots, 1 chopped head of celery and 4 finely chopped garlic cloves for 15 minutes. Until soft.
  2. Turn the heat up, add 200g sliced chestnut mushrooms, cook for 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in 2 bay leaves and 1 tbsp dried thyme, then add 500g green lentils. Pour in 100ml red wine and 1.7L vegetable stock
  4. Simmer for 40-50 mins until lentils are soft
  5. Take off heat and stir in 3 tbsp tomato puré
  6. While the lentils are cooking, tip 2kg floury potatoes into a pan of water then boil for 15 minutes until tender.
  7. Drain the potatoes, mash with 85g butter and 100ml milk, season with salt and pepper
  8. Put lentil mixture into a serving dish and top with mash
  9. Scatter over 50g grated cheese and put in the oven (heat 190C/fan 170C/ gas 5) bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden
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