Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

4 Serves


3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 brown onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
2 carrots, ends trimmed and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 x 400g tins brown lentils, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons flour (we used gluten free teff flour)
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons dried oregano or parsley leaves
1 head cauliflower (approximately 500g florets)
sea salt and black pepper


Place a large frypan on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, onion, garlic, carrots and celery and sauté for 6-8 minutes. Add lentils, tomato paste, flour, chopped tomatoes, bay leaves, herbs and 1 tin full (350-400ml) of water.

Season with sea salt and black pepper, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Whilst simmering, steam the cauliflower florets until soft, then mash or puree with remaining olive oil, sea salt and black pepper.

Preheat oven to 200C. Once lentil filling is cooked, pour into a large pie dish (1.5-2L capacity) and top with cauliflower mash. Place in top of oven and cook for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool and set for approximately 5 minutes and serve.