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Pumpkin Lentil and Mushroom Lancashire hotpot #meatfreemonday

November 15, 2020

Pumpkin Lentil and Mushroom Lancashire hotpot #meatfreemonday

November 15, 2020

I grew up with mum making her signature Lancashire hotpot. I wanted to try and create a meat-free version that still has that comforting gravy and potato taste. I have to say there was a bit of making up as I went along with this recipe but I’m really pleased with the final result. The base could also be perfect for a vegetarian or vegan shepherds pie (like this one here).

You will need:

300g Mushrooms chopped

1 red onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 a medium sweet potato diced

2 tsp soy sauce

400ml veg stock

2 tsp flour

1 rosemary sprig

6 sage sprigs

splash of white wine (optional)

300g cooked lentils


1/4 Butternut pumpkin sliced finely


Olive Oil



  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Add some oil to a pan on a medium heat. Add the mushrooms and sautΓ©. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions go translucent.
  • Add the diced sweet potato with 2 tsp of soy sauce.
  • Add the stock, rosemary, sage and flour and simmer for 20 minutes. I also added a splash of white wine here (and then drank some myself πŸ™‚ )
  • Add in the lentils. Monitor the mixture and add some water if the consistency is too thick.
  • Do a taste test and add seasoning if required
  • Arrange enough pumpkin to cover the base of the ceramic dish (ensuring you have left enough to go on top)
  • Ladle the mixture on top
  • Arrange the pumpkin on top
  • Bake for approximately 20-30minutes (or until the pumpkin starts browning and is cooked)
  • Spoon onto dishes and enjoy

Napery from: Williams Sonoma

Casserole dish I use is Chasseur and I love it


Sophie is a true advocate for health and wellbeing. She aims to educate and share her knowledge in the realms of healthy eating, fitness and eco-friendly living. Sophie is qualified in various health and fitness disciplines and has a personal passion for Mindfulness and Happiness. She is also a qualified lawyer with an interest in Human Rights and Environmental Law.

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