sweet potato shepherd's pie with lentils and spinach

You may have heard of Shepherd’s Pie, a warming dish of ground meat and mashed potatoes.

By: Anna Decker / 02/09/2016

We’ve reinvented this classic while keeping its comforting qualities. We cooked lentils with vegetables and two flavor boosters (soy sauce and balsamic) so they’re a rich base for a creamy, sweet potato mash, smoothed right on top. Cook, relax and enjoy!

What you'll need: 1½ lb sweet potato 1 yellow onion 1 clove garlic 3 oz celery 1 tablespoon tomato paste 6 oz green lentils 4 oz baby spinach 1 Tbsp tamari 1 tsp balsamic vinegar 2 pats butter 3 oz sharp orange cheddar coarse salt olive oil freshly ground black pepper

Equipment: medium saucepan large saucepan colander baking dish

Recipe steps: 1. Cook potatoes Peel potatoes and chop into 1-inch pieces. Place in a medium saucepan and cover potatoes with cold water. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes.

  1. Prep vegetables Meanwhile, peel and finely chop onion and garlic. Trim ends from celery then finely chop.

  2. Cook vegetables Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Add onion, garlic and celery and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook for another minute.

  3. Cook lentils Add lentils and 2 cups water to the saucepan and bring to a vigorous simmer. Cover and cook until lentils are just cooked through and water is almost all absorbed, about 20 minutes Stir in spinach, 1 tablespoon tamari, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 1 cup water and cook, stirring, until spinach is wilted, 5 more minutes. Season to taste.

  4. Make sweet potato mash As soon as the potatoes are cooked, drain in a colander and return to saucepan. Add butter to potatoes and mash until smooth; season well with salt and pepper. Grate cheese and mix ⅓ of cheese into the potatoes.

  5. Broil shepherd’s pie Preheat broiler with rack 6-inches from heat source. Pour lentils into a baking dish. Spoon mashed potatoes over the top, flattening with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Broil until golden on top, about 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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