Fire-roasted tomatoes add slightly smoky flavor to red lentils. The addition of mashed potatoes gives this an upside-down shepherd's pie feel.

Adam Dolge
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September 2020


Recipe Summary

35 mins
45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Add potatoes, cover and cook until tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth, tomatoes and lentils and bring to a simmer over high heat. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the lentils are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in kale. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot; add milk, butter and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each pepper and salt. Mash to desired consistency. Stir in Parmesan.

  • Serve the stew over the mashed potatoes.


To make ahead: Refrigerate stew (Step 2) for up 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

458 calories; protein 17.7g; carbohydrates 68.3g; dietary fiber 9.4g; sugars 8.5g; fat 13.3g; saturated fat 5.9g; cholesterol 24mg; vitamin a iu 3587IU; vitamin c 48.9mg; folate 144.7mcg; calcium 236.2mg; iron 5.6mg; magnesium 83mg; potassium 1195mg; sodium 720.3mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
This was quick and easy and tasted a LOT better than I expected. Thumbs up from 4 of us plus a request to add it to my list of recipes for my daughter who's heading back to college. Full disclosure: I used Hungry Jack mashed potatoes which taste fine, especially with a lot of flavors on top, and saved time/effort. To keep the flavor I added the garlic to the onions at the end of sauteing them. Will definitely repeat regularly. What's really nice about this is that it's almost all pantry staples plus milk and Parmesan cheese which are always in our refrigerator. Kale or spinach is also something we typically have and I expect you could use frozen as a substitute although the texture would suffer a bit. I'll add a couple of cans of fire-roasted tomatoes to the next grocery list and be ready on a night with little time to get dinner on the table. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Tasty and straightforward recipe!. I recommend adding a dash of liquid smoke - makes the whole thing especially autumnal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This upside-down vegetarian shepherd's pie was DELICIOUS!! It's hearty, flavorful and filling without being heavy and oily like traditional shepherd's pie can be. It was also really easy and relatively quick to make too. Also, I loved preparing the mashed potatoes by steaming the potatoes instead of boiling them - it was easier and quicker, and the mashed potatoes were fluffier. I'll be making my mashed potatoes with this method from now on. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very filling and perfect for a fall night. Couldn’t find red lentils, so went with green. Will definitely be making again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious. Followed stew recipe exactly. Made the mashed potatoes my own way and sprinkled the parmesan on top of the stew at the end. The left-overs were just as good 2 days later; added some more kale, a bit of stock, and the little bit of left-over mustard crusted pork in the fridge. Read More