Fork and Beans

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Serving size 4

Fact: an actual Shepherd’s Pie is filled with lamb. Another Fact: This recipe is filled with lentils, in fact, it is also flavored with Italian spices and herbs which is (fact) not in an actual Shepherd’s Pie. Let us agree that it’s not really the name of the recipe but what is inside the recipe that counts most.


1 cup green lentils, rinsed and drained2 cup water1 large shallot, minced2 garlic cloves1 tsp dried basil1 tsp dried oregano½ tsp fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried thyme), I recommend using fresh¼ tsp red pepper flakes¼ cup green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped¼ cup red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped1 can diced tomatoes, preferably BPA and salt-free¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped½ tsp salt1 18 oz. tube of premade Polenta (I got mine at Trader Joe's)


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 2 qt. dish, 8x8 dish, or 4 large (no larger than 14 oz) ramekins.
  2. Bring the lentils in the water to a boil. Simmer covered on low-medium heat for 15 minutes or until tender.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the shallot and garlic together until translucent. Add the herbs and red pepper flakes.
  4. Add the bell peppers into the mix and sauté for another minute.
  5. Toss the can of tomatoes, parsley and salt. Mix until well-combined and heated through.
  6. Place in your dish of choice (see above). Pour the cooked polenta on top of the lentil mix. You should have a nice thick layer.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until the polenta is nicely heated through.
  8. Season with salt if needed and garnish with fresh parsley.

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Nutrition Facts

Provided by: Fork and Beans

Per Single Serving / Serves 4 Total

  • Calories 647
  • Total Fat 5g
  • Total Carbohydrates 130g
  • Protein 23g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Contributor, Dinner, Main Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian, Bean & Legume, Italian

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