Family Food For LessThis is so cheap and so good it’ll soon become your go-to dish when money is tight. At just 50p per serving, you can’t beat it.



COOK – 1hr


150g red split lentils

1.2kg potatoes, quartered

1tbsp rapeseed oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 large carrot, diced

2 large parsnips, diced

3 sticks celery, chopped

2 garlic cloves, sliced

750ml vegetable stock

2tbsp tomato paste

5tbsp milk

2tbsp olive oil

3tbsp chives, chopped


1. Put the red split lentils into a pan and cover with boiling salted water. Simmer for 20 mins until tender.

2. Meanwhile, put the potatoes into a pan of salted water, bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 mins.

3. Heat the oven to 200°C, Gas 6. Heat oil in a pan, add the onion and cook for 5 mins to soften. Add the carrots, parsnips, celery and garlic and cook for 5 mins.

4. Add the stock and tomato paste to the vegetables and simmer for 20 mins until the vegetables are tender.

5. Drain potatoes, return to pan, season and add milk and olive oil. Mash until smooth.

6. Drain the lentils and stir them into the vegetable mixture.

7. Tip the vegetables into a large ovenproof dish. Top with large spoonfuls of mashed potato. Bake in the oven for 20 mins until potatoes are turning golden.

8. Serve sprinkled with chives.


Per serving: 276 cals, 11g fat (2g saturated), 62g carbs