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.

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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