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Lentil and vege pie

This lentil pie recipe is a yummy way to introduce lentils to babies and young children. We've included adaptions you can make to make sure this recipe is suitable for little ones.

lentil and vegetable potato top pie
TIME TO MAKE1 - 2 hours
TIME TO MAKE1 - 2 hours


  1. Preheat oven to 180° degrees.
  2. Peel potato and kumara, chop into pieces and boil in a saucepan until soft. Drain, reserving the cooking water.
  3. For babies aged ~6 months and 7-8 months - remove a serving of potato and kumara.
  4. Mash remaining potato and kumara with a dash of cooking water until soft.
  5. Heat oil in a saucepan on medium heat, add the leek, carrot, onion and celery. Put a lid on and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until softened.
  6. For babies aged ~6 months and 7-8 months– remove a serving of lentils from the can.
  7. Add the remaining lentils, peas, canned tomatoes and tomato puree to the pan. Simmer until peas are cooked through. 
  8. Transfer the filling to a 15cm x 20cm ovenproof dish, top with mash and sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Bake for 15-20minutes, or until topping is golden and filling is piping hot.


  • For babies aged ~6 months – puree potato, kumara and lentils together until smooth. Add breastmilk/formula or water to achieve a thin, smooth consistency.
  • For babies aged 7-8 months – Mash potato and kumara until soft yet lumpy, add to pureed lentils.
  • For babies aged 8-12 months – mash cooked pie (if necessary) to ensure texture is soft and chunky.
  • For children aged 12+ months – serve as is.

Number of serves

This recipe is for 4 adult serves. It will make approximately:

  • 30 x 6 month old serves
  • 20 x 7-8 month old serves
  • 12 x 8-12 month old serves
  • 8 x 12 month-2 year old serves.
  • large potato
  • large kumara
  • 1/2 cup
    Edam cheese
  • leek, washed, finely diced
  • carrot, peeled, diced
  • onion, diced
  • stick celery, diced
  • 1 tbsp
  • can lentils, rinsed, drained
  • 2/3 cup
    frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp
    tomato puree
  • 1/2 
    can chopped tomatoes
Per serve
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