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Mushroom and Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Mushroom and Lentil Shepherd's Pie

If you're looking for a hearty and delicious vegetarian recipe, look no further than this Mushroom and Lentil Shepherd's Pie. Packed with savory mushrooms, protein-rich lentils, and topped with a fluffy layer of mashed potatoes, this dish is sure to satisfy both vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Whether you're following a vegetarian diet or simply looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your routine, this recipe is a winner.

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Servings
20 mins 40 mins 1 hr 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 cup (200 grams) dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups (800 grams) mashed potatoes
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add the sliced cremini mushrooms, button mushrooms, carrot, and celery to the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms have released their moisture and become tender.
  4. Stir in the dried lentils, vegetable broth, tomato paste, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  5. While the lentil mixture is simmering, prepare the mashed potatoes according to your preferred method. You can either boil the potatoes until tender and mash them by hand, or use instant mashed potatoes for a quicker option.
  6. Transfer the lentil mixture to a baking dish and spread it out evenly. Top with the mashed potatoes, spreading them over the lentil mixture to create a smooth layer.
  7. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the mashed potatoes are golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  8. Remove the Shepherd's Pie from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Serving Suggestions

This Mushroom and Lentil Shepherd's Pie is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a side salad for a complete meal. It's perfect for cozy family dinners, potlucks, and even holiday gatherings. The combination of earthy mushrooms, hearty lentils, and creamy mashed potatoes is sure to impress both vegetarians and meat-eaters. So go ahead and give this delicious vegetarian recipe a try!

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