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Lentil Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie is a warm and hearty winter dish. Buttery mashed potatoes top a layer of protein and vegetables that are infused with wine, broth, and herbs. This is a complete meal in one dish.

Lentil shepherd’s pie

Shepherd’s Pie is usually made with ground lamb, but for an easy, convenient, low cost, and healthy alternative, we are swapping the lamb for French Green Lentils. The lentils provide plenty of protein and a nice toothsome texture. They really absorb all the flavors of the cooking liquid, which adds even more flavor to this dish. If you aren’t feeling the lentils, you can swap them out for ground beef, turkey, or lamb.

If you choose the lentil route, be sure to purchase French Green Lentils. Some lentils break down during cooking, but French Green Lentils hold their shape and texture, making them perfect for this dish.

Lentil shepherd’s pie recipe

What I love most about Shepherd’s Pie is that it is a complete meal in just one dish. You have your protein, carbs, and vegetables all in this pie. There is no need to cook sides since we top the pie with fluffy mashed potatoes. It is an easy dinner to make, albeit a little time consuming, but you are rewarded with a complete meal, and the leftovers heat up like a dream.

If you are looking to speed this up for a weeknight meal, you can prep it ahead on the weekend and then freeze it until you are ready to use it. Let it thaw in the fridge and then bake until warmed through and the potatoes are crusty golden brown.

Lentil shepherd’s pie serve

This one dish meal also packs a mean amount of nutrition.

Lentils are one of the highest known sources of Folate, an essential B vitamin. Just one serving contains 90 percent of your daily needed intake. This vitamin promotes a healthy brain, nervous system, and heart.

While white potatoes might get a bad rap, but they contain many nutrients that boost our overall health. Like lentils, they are a good source of B vitamins, in this instance, B6 and B3. Plain old potatoes can lower your blood pressure, build your cells, and increase athletic performance.

Lentil shepherd’s pie prepare for eat

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry French Green lentils, rinsed well
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 of a large white onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 6 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup butter OR vegan butter, plus more
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Add the lentils to a pot and cover with water. Simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain off any excess water and set aside.

Lentil shepherd’s pie steps

3. Heat the coconut oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add in the celery, carrot, onion, salt, pepper, and allspice. Sauté until the vegetables are softened and the onions are translucent. Add in the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.

Lentil shepherd’s pie coconut oil

4. Add in the tomato paste and stir well to combine. Sauté, stirring often, until the tomato paste has darkened in color, about 2-5 minutes.

Lentil shepherd’s pie add tomato paste

5. Add in the red wine and reduce until the sauce it thickened, about 2-5 minutes.

Lentil shepherd’s pie red wine

6. Add in the thyme, oregano, peas, corn, and vegetable broth. Stir to combine and cook until the peas and carrots are warmed through.

Lentil shepherd’s pie oreegano

7. Ladle the filling into individual ramekins or one large serving dish. Set aside.

Lentil shepherd’s pie filling

8. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add in the potatoes and reduce to a simmer. Cook until fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain off the water and return the potatoes to the pot.

Lentil shepherd’s pie boil water

9. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes with the butter and salt. Stir in the broth.

Lentil shepherd’s pie potato masher

10. Top each of the ramekins, or large dish, with the potatoes. Using a fork, draw lines into the potatoes. Top with a pat of butter.

Lentil shepherd’s pie each ramekins

11. Place the ramekins onto a baking tray, and into the oven. If you are using one large dish, you can put it straight into the oven without a tray. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven on broil and broil until the potatoes are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Serve.

Lentil shepherd’s pie delicious food

  • Carol Beck

    This is the best Shepherds pie I’ve made!!! The seasonings and the French Lentils make it great. It tastes really rich. I made the recipe per instructions but after making it the first time I used my own mashed potato topping instead of what was offered in recipe (Yukon gold potatoes, butter, a bit of whole milk and salt to taste).