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Irish Pot Pie
with lentils, carrots, and turnips

Active: 25 min Total: 45 min

It's St. Paddy's Day, so we're making a hearty Irish pot pie packed with lentils and veggies. This is the perfect meal to bring you luck and warmth on this cold winter day.
Smarts: Frozen store-bought pie crusts or puff pastry is such a great shortcut for weeknight pot pies and savory tarts - just follow the thawing instructions.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Irish Pot Pie with Lentils, Carrots, and Turnips:
  • Lentils, uncooked - 1/2 cup
  • Puff pastry / pie crust - 1
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
  • Onions, small - 1, diced
  • Carrots - 2, diced
  • Turnips - 2, diced
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Flour - 2 Tbsp
  • Vegetable broth - 2 cups
  • Milk, any type - 1 cup
  • Bay leaves - 1
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Peas (opt) - 1 cup
  • Egg yolk (opt) - 1

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Lentils - Combine with 4x the amount of water and soak, ideally overnight. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Puff pasty / pie crust - Thaw according to package’s instructions.
  3. Garlic / Onions / Carrots / Turnips - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Preheat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  3. Add cooking oil and then garlic, onions, and lentils with a sprinkle of salt. Saute until onions are softened, ~3 minutes.
  4. Add carrots and turnips and cook for another 3 minutes. Add flour and stir until it’s all mixed through.
  5. Next add broth, milk, bay leaf, soy sauce, and peas. Bring to a boil (watch carefully because the milk will boil and spill over easily) and then simmer until the mixture starts to thicken, ~5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If you like heat, add something spicy, like hot sauce, red pepper flakes, or harissa paste.
  6. Cook until lentils are tender, and then remove bay leaf, and transfer into a baker (a 9”x9” / 22.5 cm x 22.5 cm baker works well for 4 servings), and cover with puff pastry / pie crust (if it’s too big, trim with scissors). Pinch edges closed.
  7. If you want to do an egg wash for more golden browning, whisk an egg yolk with some water and brush onto puff pastry. Make a few slits with a knife and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden. Enjoy warm, right out of the oven!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (199)
Gluten-free (10)
Paleo (19)
Vegetarian (22)

Most Helpful

What I did: I used 3 cups of beef stock which made the stew soupy. I still liked it. I browned the beef in arrowroot which scared me because it looked gloopy. I was afraid that would affect the stew, but it didn't. I added a few dashes of Frank's Original after the stew was done. What I didn't do: I meant to add the peas, but I forgot. I didn't use Guinness or red wine. I liked the recipe and would make it again. Next time I will decrease the amount of stock. This was my first time trying turnips, and I found them to be quite similar in texture and taste to potatoes. Nothing wrong with them.

By: Angie
Posted: Mar 23, 2015
Diet: Paleo
1 Helpful

81 reviews

Wonderful! Made exactly as written except used IPA instead of Guinness. I think Guinness would be even better, but didn't have on hand.

By: Camille
Posted: Apr 25, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I added the potatoes in during the last hour.

By: Michele
Posted: Jan 24, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was tasty enough but it wasn't the hearty, stick to your ribs stew I was hoping for

By: Liz
Posted: Dec 28, 2016
Diet: Paleo
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So good and have leftovers. Doubled potatoes and used 1.5 lb of stew meat. No red wine, just Guiness. Perfect for our late St. Patty's Day celebration.

By: Tami
Posted: Mar 20, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

bland, added a lot of salt and pepper to it.

By: Tiffany
Posted: Mar 10, 2016
Diet: Paleo
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Added 1 tsp Worcestershire and 1 tsp sugar, 1/4 c Guinness, and 14 oz (only) beef broth. I didn't precook beef. No peas Fabulous and flavorful.

By: Shira
Posted: Dec 16, 2015
Diet: Original
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