Nana Marie’s Very Veggie Cottage Pie

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Nana Marie’s Very Veggie Cottage Pie

Nana Marie (The Boxxfresh Babies Nana and Kelly's darling mum) makes THE best cottage and shepherds pies. This is her incredible, veg-packed veggie version – it’s pure comfort and an absolute family favourite.


3-4 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped into small pieces

1-2 sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped

4 cloves of garlic, finely minced

2 white onions, finely diced

3 sticks of celery, finely diced

2 big handfuls of mushrooms, finely diced

2 tsp fresh or dried thyme

1 tin of lentils, drained and washed

100ml red wine

1 good quality vegetable stock cube, dissolved in 350ml of boiling water

2 tbsp tomato puree

1 tbsp tamari sauce

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil


1.Pre-heat the oven to 180c/ 350f/ gas mark 4, pop the sweet potato and carrots in a large saucepan and cover with water and boil until tender.

2. Meanwhile, place a large frying pan over a medium heat and drizzle in a litte olive oil before tumbling in the garlic and onions and allow them to sizzle gently for 3 or 4 minutes.

3. Add the celery, mushrooms and thyme then cook for a further 4 or 5 minutes, stirring occassionally.

4. Add in the lentils, followed by the red wine, stock, tomato puree, tamari sauce and salt and pepper to your taste. Mix everything together well and bring to the boil before reducing to a simmer. Simmer gently for about 30 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half.

5. When they are cooked, drain the sweet potatoes and carrots really well then roughly mash with a good pinch of salt, pepper and a little olive oil. Set aside.

6. Transfer the filling into an oven proof dish then top evenly with the root mash. Pop in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the mash is caramelised and crispy on top and serve!