Veggie shepherd’s pie

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  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 leek (finely chopped)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 100 g mushrooms (chestnut roughly chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
  • 3 sage leaves (roughly chopped)
  • 3 thyme sprigs (finely chopped)
  • 400 g Puy lentils (drained)
  • 400 g chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable stock
  • 50 ml red wine
  • 1 tbsp sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp flakes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 potatoes (peeled and cut into 2cm/¾in chunks)
  • 2 potatoes (peeled and cut into 2cm/¾in chunks)
  • 5 small cauliflower (separated into florets)
  • 1 tbsp butter (unsalted)
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  1. To make the filling, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat

  2. Add the leeks and fry for 4–5 minutes, or until beginning to soften

  3. Add the carrots, mushrooms and garlic and continue to cook, stirring regularly, for 4–5 minutes

  4. Add the sage, thyme, lentils, tomatoes, stock and red wine and stir together until well combined

  5. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat until it is simmering and continue to simmer for 18–20 minutes while you make the topping

  6. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6

  7. To make the topping, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil (there’s no need to add salt)

  8. Add the sweet potato and potato and boil for 10–12 minutes

  9. Add the cauliflower and boil for a further 8–10 minutes, or until tender

  10. Drain the vegetables well and return them to the pan

  11. Add the butter, season well with salt and pepper, then mash until smooth

  12. Set aside and keep warm

  13. Stir the Worcestershire sauce (if using), soy sauce, chilli flakes (if using) and sugar (if using) into the filling mixture, which should have thickened during cooking

  14. Continue to simmer for a further 1–2 minutes, adding a little water if the mixture is too dry (simmer for longer if the mixture is too watery)

  15. Season with salt and pepper

  16. Transfer the filling mixture to an ovenproof baking dish, then spoon over the topping and spread into an even layer

  17. If you like a crispy topping, create peaks in the mash using a fork

  18. Sprinkle over the Parmesan, if using

  19. Bake the shepherd’s pie in the oven for 18–20 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbling

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