Carrot, Parsnip and Lentil Casserole for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in #SundaySupper, Simple Meals | 41 comments

Carrot, Parsnip and Lentil Casserole for #SundaySupper

Winter arrived last week. Earlier than usual. People huddled in their coats and scarves, exchanging comments of incredulity that this chilly weather of hail and snow flurries should come in October! Weather forecasts promised a last glimpse of warm weather, but that never came. Now, it seems, Winter is here to stay.

So, out come the hot water bottles, the gloves, the hats, the fleece-lined boots – and of course, food that warms the soul. In the kitchen, I love the change of seasons and how it is reflected in food; now it is certainly time for big bowls of steaming stew or soup, preferably eaten in front of a log fire.

This week’s host is Susan, aka The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen, and she has invited the Sunday Supper family to gather round with their warming dishes.

The best thing about stews and casseroles, to my mind, is the fact that you can use up anything you happen to have lying around and you can make it up as you go along. At this time of year, my basis for any casserole tends to be root vegetables and warming herbs and spices. I just love chucking things into a big pan and warming the entire kitchen as I cook.

This recipe could quite easily be turned into a Vegetarian version of Shepherd’s Pie, only you’d need to reduce the liquid more and put more potato on top. But there is something quite charming about a true ‘casserole’ topped with little clouds of mashed potato, which are just browned enough so that the very tops are crispy.

Carrot, Parsnip and Lentil Casserole


3 carrots

2 parsnips

1 onion

1 clove garlic

1/2 cup red lentils

1 small can kidney beans

2tsps cumin

1tsp ginger

1tsp finely chopped coriander

1 bay leaf

Black pepper to taste

1 pint stock, made using vegetable bouillon

2 medium potatoes

2 tbsps milk

1tbsp butter

Cheddar cheese, to grate.


Finely chop the onion and garlic and put in a large pan with a little cooking oil. Saute until soft.

Peel and roughly chop the carrots and parsnips. Add to the pan, along with the stock and bring to the boil. Add the lentils and herbs & spices, then put a lid on the pan and simmer until the vegetables are tender and the lentils are cooked (about 20 mins).

Preheat the oven to 140C.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the veg and lentils into a casserole dish, then ladle enough of the liquid to cover them completely. Add the kidney beans and stir in.Put into the oven and cook until a slight skin forms on the top and the casserole is bubbling (30-40 mins).

Meanwhile, make the mashed potato. Peel and chop the potatoes and place into a pan of boiling water. Simmer until the potatoes are completely tender. Remove from heat and add the milk and butter to the pan. Mash and season with salt, pepper and a few dried mixed herbs.s

Carefully put spoonfuls of the mashed potato onto the vegetable casserole. Increase oven temp to 180C  and return casserole to oven until the potato is just beginning to crisp on the top.(20-30 mins).

Grate a small amount of hard cheese (mature cheddar is brilliant in this dish) over the potato. Allow to cool slightly so that it is not scalding, then serve with warm, crusty bread.

Carrot and Parsnip Casserole

For more soul warming dishes, look no further than this wonderful menu from the rest of #SundaySupper group – and stay cosy!

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  1. This sounds warm, delicious, and filling. I love the mashed potato on top-YUM!
    Hezzi-D recently posted..Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili #SundaySupperMy Profile

  2. Oh wow my mouth is watering looking at your photos of this dish. This is just the kind of dish I need to add to my go to meal plans for crazy days because I normally have most of the ingredients on hand. Thanks for sharing.
    Laura Hunter recently posted..Lentil and Bacon Soup #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Laura! I just made an even bigger batch of it to freeze and see me through some of the cold nights to come!

  3. This looks like a vegetable cobbler, love it! A great recipe to try!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Lentil and Chorizo Stew #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • You could substitute dumplings for the mashed potato for a proper cobbler!

  4. Lovely casserole with the combination of herbs and spice in it plus my favorite mashed potatoes…yummy!
    Faye Leong recently posted..Spicy Udon Noodle Soup – Recipes to Keep You Warm #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Faye :)

  5. For some reason I crave parsnips in the fall and winter. I usually roast them but making a casserole with carrots and lentils sound even better. Plus the mashed potatoes on top – brilliant!
    Renee recently posted..Turkey Noodle Soup for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Me too, Renee! I love them roasted, but they are so good soft and tender in a casserole and add such a nice sweetness.

  6. HI! I’ve never cooked or eaten parsnips. I was just looking at parsnips yesterday at the organic food market and wondering what I could do with them. Now I know. Thanks for sharing.
    Alaiyo Kiasi recently posted..Gumbo Z’Herbes for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Oh Alaiyo, prepare to be a parsnip convert! I love them any which way – roasting them with a drizzle of honey is absolute bliss!

  7. This looks great! I love hearty and comforting vegetarian dishes.
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal recently posted..30 Minute Black Bean Soup for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  8. I love this recipe! Always looking for be things to cook on meatless Mondays!
    Megan recently posted..Healthy Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings for Dishes That Keep You Warm #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Megan!

  9. I love lentils and always looking for ways to cook with them. Great recipe!!
    Tara Noland recently posted..Seafood Chowder for Soul Warming at #Sunday SupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Tara! I hope this dish turns out well for you :)

  10. I love this recipe. It looks so good I wish I had some right now!!! Great job :)
    Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen recently posted..Chicken with Herbed Dumplings for Soul Warming #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. Mmmmm, you had me at “clouds of potatoes”. Gorgeous!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Canadian Beer Cheese Soup ~ Soul Warming #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Jen :)

  12. What a beautiful recipe to warm us up! I never thought to use parsnips… what a great idea!

    • Thank you Isabel – I just can’t resist the sweetness of parsnips – I use them in so many dishes at this time of year!

  13. I love all these flavors!! Definitely have to try it out, definitely a soul warming dish!! Makes me want to cuddle up by the fire with a glass of vino :)
    Crazy Kwistin recently posted..Cholula Chicken Enchiladas #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. LOVE that this is vegetarian! I am totally making this! Beautiful photos!
    Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) recently posted..Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup (Jjamppong) #SundaySupperMy Profile

  15. Wow! I can’t wait to make this. I’m always looking for amazing and unique vegetarian recipes. Thanks for sharing this one. What a great combination of flavors and love the use of parsnips.
    Chris Baccus recently posted..#SundaySupper Beer-Braised BeefMy Profile

  16. I just want to dive into those mashed potatoes on top! Thank you for joining us this week!
    Susan recently posted..Carbonnade Flamande #SundaySupperMy Profile

  17. This looks wonderful! I’m loving the ingredients! I don’t cook with parsnips much but I have had it in soups before. The mashed potato on top gives it a very attractive finish. Awesome!
    Lyn @LovelyPantry recently posted..Black Bean Soup With Hot Roast Pepper Cream for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  18. It’s cold and blustery here, too. I love parsnips; this casserole looks amazing. Pinned!
    Jennie @themessybakerblog recently posted..Chicken Soup with Dumplings~ #SundaySupperMy Profile

  19. I totally agree – I love throwing whatever’s in my fridge and pantry into soups/stews. This casserole looks delish – especially with those fluffy, beautifully browned dollops of mashed potato on top! I can easily see myself eating this on a cold, wintry night (I can’t believe it’s already snowing where you are!).
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted..Chicken Pot Pie for a Soul Warming #SundaySupperMy Profile

  20. Oh my those look good, I love all the flavors that you have put into this.
    veronica gantley recently posted..Easy Chicken and Dumplings for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  21. The mashed potatoes on top really make me want to dive into this dish. This would make a perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving alternative too! Pinned!!
    The Wimpy Vegetarian recently posted..#SundaySupper: Tuscan Bean Soup with Rosemary OilMy Profile

  22. This looks so hearty and delicious! I love that you used lentils in this casserole. :)
    Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie recently posted..Pozolillo Verde {Green Chicken & Corn Pozole} #SundaySupperMy Profile

  23. You seriously combined all my favorite things into one comforting casserole! YUM!
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious recently posted..Coconut Curry Chicken Soup #SundaySupperMy Profile

  24. This looks and sounds fantastic! One pot dishes are one of my favorites as well :)
    Bea recently posted..Chicken & Mushroom Stew on Egg Noodles for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  25. What a great comforting dish that is meat-free – great job!

  26. I love lentils! Thanks for sharing Katy!
    Cindys Recipes recently posted..Ham and String Beans #SundaySupperMy Profile

  27. I love EVERYTHING in this… and the way you put it all together is fabulous!
    Sarah recently posted.."Rule of Thirds" Soup for a Warming #SundaySupperMy Profile

  28. This looks absolutely mouth watering. I love winter vegetables.
    Sarah recently posted..Spicy Korean Brisket Soup {Yukgaejang} #SundaySupperMy Profile

  29. I just love Parsnips and those mashed potato mounds on the top look so comforting and delicious to me :) Would love some right now :)
    Soni recently posted..Easy Wonton Soup #SundaySupperMy Profile

  30. This looks pretty awesome–mashed potato clouds?! Can’t wait to give this a try!
    Anne @ Webicurean recently posted..Thanksgiving Dinner for TwoMy Profile

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