This shepherd’s pie is similar to my crock pot shepherd’s pie, but this version uses lentils along with the meat, and uses no canned cream of mushroom soup, which skipping that was easier than I thought. I didn’t even make up my own cream of mushroom from scratch or anything, all I did was substitute cheddar cheese for it!

If you’re looking for a cheap meal…well potatoes, a little meat, and lentils is super frugal.

If you’re looking for a tasty meal that’s also filling….yup, one 9 X 13 pan of this lasts our family currently of 4, for 2 full meals.

If you’re looking for a healthy meal…well there’s veggies, protein (both meat and lentils), and lots of fiber!


~Mashed potatoes – I made about 6 potatoes worth.
~1 lb. ground hamburger or turkey meat
~1 cup of dry lentils, red or brown (cook according to package directions before using)
~1 bell pepper
~1/2 onion
~1 celery stalk with leaves
~1 can of corn (or use frozen corn)
~2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
~Worcestershire sauce to taste (I like lots!)
~Garlic powder

Chop the veggies. Brown the meat and cook the veggies with it. Once the meat and veggies are cooked, add the cooked lentils, put them in the bottom of a glass 9 X 13 pan. Next sprinkle the cheese, then layer the mashed potatoes on top. Bake at 325 F for about 25 minutes or until hot all the way through and bubbly.

Keeping it ultra frugal?

~Use leftover mashed potatoes.

~Instead of pealing your potatoes scrub them and keep the peals on, that’s not only less wasteful it’s also where most of the nutrition and fiber is.

~You can even save the potato water from cooking the potatoes for making bread!

~After chopping up your veggies, save the onion skin and pepper core and seeds for  making veggie broth.


7 Responses to “Lentil Shepherd’s Pie (No Cream Soups!)”

  1. I’m making this right now! Hopefully it’s yummy, which I’m betting on!

  2. Where do the lentils come in? They are uncooked in your recipe.

    • You’re right they’re uncooked and I forgot to mention cooking them in the recipe! I fixed the recipe, thanks for bringing it to my attention!
      I buy a bag of dry lentils in the dry bean section of the store and cook with water according to package directions before using in this recipe.

  3. It says to use dry lentils but there is no mention of them soaking or cooking them before adding to the casserole. I’m a bit confused. There isn’t enough liquid to take the raw crunchy out of the lentils, is there???

    • So sorry! I forgot that part.Thanks so much for letting me know! I use 1 cup dry lentils, but first cook them with water according to package directions, then add to the meat mixture. I fixed it in the recipe.

  4. Do you use real mashed potatoes or flakes?

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