This vegetarian take on a classic dish uses lentils instead of meat, and is full of other tasty vegetables! Covered in a thick layer of creamy (cheesy!) mashed potatoes, this is a warm, comforting dinner.
- 3 pounds yukon gold potatoes, quartered
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 6 oz Pecorino Romano, grated
- 1/2 cup milk or cream
- salt & pepper
- 1.5 cup dry green (not French) lentils
- 4 cups Pacific Foods Organic Beef Broth (divided)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 large carrots, chopped
- 2 cups crimini mushrooms, quartered
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
- 1 tsp fresh oregano, minced
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- Fill a large stockpot 2/3 full with water, and bring to a simmer. Add the potatoes, and let cook until fork-tender.
- Drain, then add the butter, Pecorino Romano, milk or cream, and salt & pepper to taste. Mash until mostly smooth (I leave mine somewhat chunky, but that's personal preference).
- While the potatoes are cooking, in a covered saucepan, combine the dry lentils with 3 cups of Pacific Foods Organic Beef Broth. Bring to a simmer and let cook until tender (20-25 minutes).
- In a large high-walled skillet head the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook for one minute before adding the garlic, carrots, and mushrooms.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are cooked through. Your carrots may still be slightly crunchy, but that's ok!
- Add the tomato paste, rosemary, oregano, and frozen peas. Stir everything together, then sprinkle the flour over the top of the vegetables. Mix it in and cook for 2 minutes before adding the remaining 1 cup of beef broth, and red wine vinegar.
- Bring to a simmer, then mix in the cooked lentils and season everything generously with salt and pepper.
- If your pan is oven safe, remove it from the heat and leave everything in the pan. If you need to transfer to an oven-safe casserole dish, do that now.
- Spread the mashed potatoes in an even layer over the cooked vegetables, and bake at 375F for 30 minutes, or until the top of the potatoes are beginning to brown.
- Serve warm!
Keywords: sherpherds pie, vegetarian shepherds pie, lentil shepherds pie