Vegetarian Cottage Pie


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time40 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Chatelaine Triple Tested

A hearty one-dish meal packed with plant-based protein and vegetables. Topped with fluffy mashed potatoes, it's a comforting cold-weather meal for everyone.


  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 850g)

  • 1 227-g pkg cremini mushrooms

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 1/4 cup butter, divided

  • 1 540-mL can lentils, drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 cup large-flake oats

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • 1 cup frozen green peas

  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Combine potatoes with enough water to cover in a medium pot. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, 10 to 12 min. Drain well and return potatoes to pot.

  • Pulse mushrooms in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Add onion and carrot to food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

  • Melt 1 tbsp butter in a large oven-safe frying pan over medium-high. Add mushrooms and cook until almost no liquid remains, 6 to 8 min. Add 1 tbsp butter, then onion mixture. Cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 4 min.

  • Stir in lentils, oats, 1 1/2 cups water, soy sauce, tomato paste, nutmeg and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring often, until oats are tender and mixture is still saucy, 10 to 12 min. Stir in peas until heated through, about 2 min.

  • Position rack in upper third of oven, then preheat broiler. Mash potatoes with remaining 2 tbsp butter and salt until smooth. Spread potato mixture over lentil mixture. Broil until golden brown, 2 to 3 min.

Kitchen tip

Your frying pan should measure 10 in. across the top and fit at least 5 cups.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 436, Protein 17g, Carbohydrates 66g, Fat 13g, Fibre 12g, Sodium 824mg.
Very-high source of dietary fibre.

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