Homemade Cottage Pie (VE)


It's getting chilly here in the UK! And there are few more comforting dishes to enjoy than a homemade, plant-based cottage pie.

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 38 minutes


Servings: 10 children

For the pie filling

  • 1 tbsp
  • 130 g
    onion finely chopped
  • 60 g
    leek finely chopped
  • 2 tsp
    garlic granules
  • 2 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 30 g
    tomato puree
  • 100 g
    brown lentils uncooked
  • 50 g
    soya mince dried
  • 300 g
    carrot cut into 1cm cubes
  • 250 g
    turnip or swede cut into 1.5 cm cubes
  • 0.5 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1,100 ml
    veg stock

For the mash

  • 1.2 kg
    white potatoes
  • 50 g
    plant-based butter softened
  • 50 g
    plant-based cheese cheddar-style, grated
  • 100 ml
    plant-based milk
  • 2 tbsp
    nutritional yeast


  1. Heat the oil and cook the onion and leek for a few minutes until soft.

  2. Add the garlic, thyme and tomato puree.

  3. Cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring.

  4. Add the lentils, dried soya mince, carrots and swede or turnip, black pepper and stock.

  5. Stir to combine, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 40 minutes or until the lentils are completely cooked. Add more stock if required.

To make the mash

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into equal size chunks.

  2. Place in a large pan of cold water, bring to the boil and simmer until cooked.

  3. Drain well and mash.

  4. Add the butter and cheese and fold in until completely combined.

  5. Add the milk and nutritional yeast and fold in until completely combined.

To assemble

  1. Put the pie mixture into an ovenproof dish.

  2. Top with the mash.

  3. Bake in a 220°C oven for 30 minutes, or until the top begins to brown and mixture starts to bubble up at the edges.


For variety and extra nutrients, the mash recipe can be replaced with the sweet
potato and carrot mash recipe, or simply a sweet potato mash.

Cooked peas and/or sweetcorn can also be added to the pie mixture at the point
before topping with the mash for added nutrients.

Courses: Main Course
Cuisines: British
Keywords: cottage pie

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