Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins

This tasted just as rich and delicious as a meat shepherds pie, but it's a great deal cheaper to make with lentils. It's a fantastic budget recipe, and very popular with my children.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to hot.
  2. Boil, steam or microwave potato until tender; drain. Mash in large bowl with half of the butter.
  3. Melt remaining butter in medium-deep frying pan; cook onion and garlic, stirring, until onion softens. Add undrained tomatoes, stock, the water, paste, wine, lentils and carrot; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  4. Add peas and parsley; cook, uncovered, 5 minutes. Spoon lentil mixture into shallow 1 litre ovenproof dish.
  5. Spread potato mash on top. Bake, uncovered, in hot oven 20 minutes. Stand pie 10 minutes before serving.
Most Helpful

Great easy recipe for a week-night. I added more garlic, 4 sliced mushies & used beans (more than 1/2 cup) instead of peas. I'll make less mash next time. Thanks for sharing. :)

Rhiannon and Matt December 09, 2009

Thanks for a winner! Everyone in my household loved it. I used brown lentils instead of red, and that's just because that's what I had on hand. Never actually cooked with red lentils before. Think it'd definitely be worth taking this around for another spin to try it out. Thank you! I love cottage pie, and this was an amazing vegetarian substitute. I would happily interchange the two.

Brutus February 12, 2009

Thanks, this was a great meal. My husband said "very tasty" and "can we have this again?" so its a keeper:-) I used sunflower oil instead of the butter, used a little Flora Buttery and semi-skimmed milk in the mash potatoes and subed bell pepper for the peas (we had the peas as a side vegetable), didn't have any red wine so left that out. Yum Yum Yummy Yum:-)

Pearlesyarn October 17, 2008