Vegan Cottage Pie
60 mins, 17 ingredients, 6 people
½ litre vegan gravy (I make a litre and freeze the rest or save extra for pouring)
1 cup green or puy lentils
For the veg base:
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 medium carrots, diced
2 sticks celery, sliced
1 green pepper, diced
1 courgette, diced
4 – 5 stems purple sprouting or tenderstem broccoli, chopped
1 cup peas and sweetcorn
1 tbsp roughly chopped parsley
For the mash:
3 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
½ a head of celeriac, chopped
½ a cauliflower, chopped into florets
1 leek, sliced
3 – 4 leaves cavolo nero or other kale or cabbage, shredded into small pieces
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
Oil and seasoning
Cover lentils with 4 x volume of water and cook on hob for 20 – 25 minutes until tender. Drain and rinse.
Meanwhile prepare gravy as per instructions.
Once gravy is simmering (or if you have a helper get them on this straight away) prep veggies for filling and mash.
For the mash boil the potatoes and the celeriac for approx. 20 minutes until tender (this will depend on how big the pieces of vegetable are). Add the cauliflower for the last 6 – 7 minutes. Once the veg is soft drain and mash with about 1 tbsp oil and the mustard. If the mash is a little dry then you could add a tablespoon of your preferred milk.
Whilst the vegetables for the mash are boiling you can make a start on the veggies. For the veg mix gently fry the onion and garlic in a little oil for 2 – 3 minutes until it starts to soften. Add the rest of the veg (I use frozen peas and sweetcorn and tend not to add these until the end). Continue to cook over a gentle heat for about 10 minutes until veg are cooked through but retain some bite. Add the peas and sweetcorn and take off the heat.
Heat oven to 200C.
In a separate frying pan gently fry the sliced leek in a little oil. Once the leek is soft, take off the heat and stir into the mash with the cabbage.
Mix the gravy with the veggie mix and the lentils. Season to taste and place in a large ovenproof dish. Top with mash and cook for further 15 – 20 mins until the top of the pie is browned.
I’ve shared my favourite veg mix but you can adapt this. I generally use what I have to hand and what is in season.
If you’re a meat eater that is looking to include more vegetables in your diet you can either make this as described for a meat free dish or you can mix half minced beef and half lentil mix.