1 kg potatoes
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
25 grams Unsalted Butter
1 Large Onion – coarsely chopped
2 Carrots – chopped into chunky slices
1 Tin Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
2 Bay Leaves (dried)
2 teaspoons Italian Mixed Herbs
2 teaspoons of vegetable extract (Marmite) dissolved in 500 mls boiling water
25 grams Fresh Brown Breadcrumbs
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
Scrub potatoes and boil in their skins – approx. 20 mins – drain and allow to cool slightly.
Meanwhile add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan and gently fry the onions until soft, add the garlic and carrots and cook on a low heat for 7-10 mins.
Add the soya mince to the Marmite solution and allow to stand for around 5 mins before adding to the onion and carrots.
Finally stir in the beans, add the bay leaves, mixed herbs and season with black pepper.
Cover and simmer – 10 mins
Add remaining olive oil and the butter to the potatoes and mash until smooth. (You can add a little milk here too if you wish)
Pour the mixture into an oven-proof dish, spoon the mashed potatoes on top and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs.
Cook in the centre of the oven for 30-40 minutes – until the topping is brown and crispy.
Let me know if you make this at home – I am always excited to read your comments!