Michela’s veg & lentil cottage pie

Michela’s veg & lentil cottage pie

This cottage pie with lentil and a variety of vegetables comes to be enjoyed not only by grown ups, but kids as well. Its ingredients are the perfect combination for a healthy and unforgettable introduction of vegetables to kids.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium leek
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 stick celery
  • olive oil
  • 100 g split pea red lentil
  • 500 ml organic vegetable stock
  • 100 g frozen peas
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 30 g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large sweet potato , (300 g)

Cooking method

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Trim, wash and finely slice the leek. Peel and dice the carrot, onion and celery.

Heat a splash of oil in a medium pan on a medium heat, add the leek, carrot, onion and celery. Pop the lid on and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until softened. Add the lentils, stock and peas, then bring to the boil, stirring regularly. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked through.

For baby, remove a small amount to a blender or a bowl, then either blend to a purée, pulse, mash and/or finely chop depending on the stage your little one is at

For adults, season to taste with sea salt and black pepper, then add the tomato purée. Scrub the sweet potato clean, then coarsely grate it into a bowl, toss with a little oil and a good few gratings of Parmesan.

Transfer the filling to a 15cm x 20cm ovenproof dish and sprinkle with the sweet potato. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potato topping is golden and cooked through and the filling is piping hot.

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