Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash (v)

I had a craving for this and loads of sweet potatoes that needed to be eaten so made it was…

For 3-4 portions (plus some filling left over for another day) you need:
1 cup puy lentils
1 cup green lentils
bay leaf
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 large onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic
3 tbsp tomato puree
250ml red wine
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper
1 scant tsp vecon stock (or marmite)
1 tbsp olive oil

3-4 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into rough chunks
2-3 tbsp soya milk
small knob vegan marg
salt and pepper
generous grating of whole nutmeg

Begin by washing the lentils thoroughly and then placing them in a pan with the bay leaf. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Boil rapidly for 10 mins and then reduce the heat and cook till done (about 30 mins or so). Drain and discard the bay leaf.

Meanwhile sautee the onion in the oil with the garlic. Add the tomatoes, puree, wine and cooked lentils. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and stock. Simmer for about 20 mins till the sauce is thickened and tasty.

Steam/simmer the sweet potatoes in a little water. Drain when cooked and mash with the soya milk, marge, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Place the filling in a dish and top with the mash. Bake in a hot oven for 15 mins or so till the topping is crispy. Serve as is or with veggies on the side.

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