Lentil cottage pie with cauliflower top

30 Min
4 People
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A hearty family staple dish, perfect for the cooler nights. It’s your classic comfort meal but with a twist!
1. Set oven grill to 220ºC. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil.
Heat a frypan over medium-high heat with 1 tbsp oil. Dice onion and carrots. Chop rosemary leaves. Add to pan as you go. Cook for 4 minutes, or until softened. Stir in 1/2 tbsp flour.

2. Add lentils, mushrooms, 1 tsp paprika and crumble in stock cube. Pour in crushed tomatoes, 2 cups water and simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Cut cauliflower into small florets. Add to boiling water to cook for 8-10 minutes, or until softened. Drain and mash with 40g butter using a potato masher ( see notes). Season with salt and pepper. Slice chives and stir through mash.

4. Transfer lentil sauce to an oven dish and spread over cauliflower mash (see notes). Grill in oven for 5-10 minutes, or until golden.

5. Trim and halve snow peas. Toss with mesclun leaves, 1/2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper.

6. Divide cottage pie between plates and serve with side salad.

For a smoother cauliflower mash you can use a stick mixer. 

To save time, serve lentil sauce on mash instead of assembling the pie if preferred.
Brown onion 1/2
carrots 2
rosemary 1 sprig
Red lentils 1 packet (300g)
Sliced mushrooms 1 punnet (200g)
Crushed tomatoes 400g
cauliflower 1
chives 1/2 bunch
Snow peas 1/2 punnet (125g)
mesclun leaves 1 bag (60g)

From your pantry:
oil (for cooking + olive), salt, pepper, stock cube (of choice), flour (of choice), smoked paprika, butter