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Lentil shepherd's pie with champ

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
Dietary Vegetarian
From The Delicious Miss Dahl
A super-filling, meat-free wonder. Omit the Worcestershire sauce to make it a hearty vegetarian dinner. Each serving provides 400kcal, 15g protein, 47g carbohydrate (of which 9.5g sugars), 12.5g fat (of which 6g saturates), 9g fibre and 0.6g salt.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. For the champ topping, heat a pan of salted water, add the potatoes and bring gently to the boil, then simmer until the potatoes are nearly cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. When the potatoes for the champ topping are almost done, add the frozen peas and cook for a few more minutes until the peas are tender. Drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, for the lentil mixture, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and gently fry the chopped onion, garlic, carrots and celery for 5-10 minutes, until softened.

  3. Add the remaining lentil mixture ingredients except for the lentils and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the sauce has reduced. Stir the lentils into the tomato sauce.

  4. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat, then gently fry the spring onions until softened. Add the milk and heat through.

  5. Mash the potatoes and peas roughly. Add the warm milk mixture to the potatoes and continue to mash until combined but still chunky.

  6. Spoon the lentil mixture into a medium pie dish and top with the champ. Scatter over the cheese and smoked paprika.Place the dish onto a baking sheet and bake the pie for 25-30 minutes, or until the potato is golden-brown.


For the champ topping

  • 3 floury potatoes, such as King Edward or Maris Piper, peeled, chopped
  • small handful frozen peas
  • knob of butter
  • 2 spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 25ml/1fl oz milk
  • 75g/3oz mature cheddar, broken into chunks
  • pinch smoked paprika

For the lentil mixture

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 small carrots, peeled, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 celery stalk, trimmed, chopped into small pieces
  • 400g/14oz canned plum tomatoes
  • splash Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • few drops Tabasco
  • pinch smoked paprika
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 85ml/3fl oz red wine
  • 100ml/3½fl oz vegetable stock
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • splash balsamic vinegar
  • small handful fresh flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 400g/14oz canned Puy lentils
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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