Try this vegetarian version of a traditional shepherd's pie, swapping lamb mince for green lentils and butternut squash. Lentils are a good source of protein and iron, and they make a savoury and satisfying base for these pies. We guarantee they'll become a family favourite in no time!

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  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 150g butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 50g green lentils, rinsed
  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 2tbsp tomato purée
  • 1tbsp sundried tomato purée
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 200ml vegetable stock

For the topping

  • 500g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 5tbsp milk
  • 15g butter
  • 100g cheddar cheese, grated


  • STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Heat the oil in a large pan and sauté the vegetables for 10 minutes.

  • STEP 2

    Add the garlic and balsamic vinegar and cook for 1 minute, then add the remaining ingredients and bring to the boil and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until the lentils and vegetables are soft and the sauce is thick.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in salted water for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash with milk and butter, then stir in most of the cheddar.

  • STEP 4

    Divide the sauce between four buttered ramekins, top with mash and sprinkle on the remaining cheese.

  • STEP 5

    Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven and serve.

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