Sweet-potato-and-lentil-topped mini cottage pies

  • Preparation time:
  • 20 min
  • Total time:
  • 40 min
  • Makes:
  • 6 servings
Sweet-potato-and-lentil-topped mini cottage pies

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Sweet-potato-and-lentil-topped mini cottage pies

Sweet potatoes and lentils pack a punch of fibre and protein to this adorable individual-sized dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato , peeled and cut into 1-in. chunks
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 3 tbsp butter , divided
  • 1 tsp salt , divided
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk , finely chopped
  • 450 g lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup frozen green peas

Directions

  • Combine sweet potato, lentils and enough water to cover in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and gently boil until potato is tender, 12 to 15 min. Drain and return to pot. Add 2 tbsp butter and 1/2 tsp salt and mash until smooth.
  • Melt remaining 1 tbsp butter in a frying pan over medium-high. Cook onion and celery until soft, 3 to 4 min. Add ground beef, stirring often, until no pink remains, 4 to 5 min. Stir in tomato paste and flour until combined, about 1 min. Add broth, Worcestershire sauce and remaining 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce
    heat to medium and cook until saucy, about 8 min. Stir in peas for last 2 min.
  • Preheat broiler. Divide beef mixture among 6 1-cup ramekins on a baking sheet, then top with sweet potato mixture. Broil until peaks are browned, 5 to 6 min.

Kitchen tip

Instead of making individual cottage pies, use a 10-in. wide oven-safe frying pan for beef mixture. Spread potato mixture over beef mixture and broil until golden brown, 2 to 3 min.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent January/February 2020 issue. Photo by Erik Putz.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 392
  • Protein
  • 26 g
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35 g
  • Fat
  • 17 g
  • Fibre
  • 7 g
  • Sodium
  • 696 mg
  • Excellent source of
  • vitamin a
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