- 400 g pumpkin, peeled seeded and chopped
- 400 g parsnip, peeled and chopped
- 500 g water
- 30 g Butter
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 2 Zucchini (courgettes), chopped
- 1 Brown onion, quartered
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- 500 g minced lamb
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 20 g parsley, chopped
- 50 g cheddar, grated
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Place the pumpkin and parsnip into the Varoma dish. Place the water into the mixing bowl. Place the Varoma into position. Steam the vegetables 20 min/Varoma/speed 2 or until tender (larger pieces of vegetables may require a longer cooking time). Discard the cooking water.
Insert the butterfly whisk. Place the steamed vegetables into the mixing bowl with the butter and mash 25 sec/speed 4 or until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until needed. Clean and dry mixing bowl.
Place the carrot, zucchini, onion and garlic into the mixing bowl and chop 4 sec/speed 5. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl with the spatula. Add the olive oil and lamb mince, stir through with the spatula and cook 5 min/Varoma/"Counter-clockwise operation" /speed 1. Stir again with the spatula to break up any lumps of mince.
Add the tomato paste and tomatoes and cook 5 min/Varoma/"Counter-clockwise operation" /speed 1. Add the parsley and stir through with the spatula. Spoon the lamb mixture into a 2 litre ovenproof dish (or use 2 dishes or 6 smaller ramekins).
Top the lamb mixture with the reserved pumpkin and parsnip mixture. Sprinkle over the cheese and drizzle over a little oil. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned.
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As a general rule, the recipes in my book don’t include salt and pepper. Added salt is bad news for younger children, their less mature kidneys can’t cope. After setting aside your child’s serving, by all means please season your portion to taste.
We recommend using courgettes which are smaller than standard zucchinis.
We also recommend using a mince with a higher fat content, as lean mimce can sometime have water added to it, which comes out in the cooking process.
Baby's serve: For a younger baby, blend together the shepherd's pie filling and topping, adding as much liquid (water or your baby's milk) as needed to achieve the desired consistency. For an older baby, chop up to a consistency that can be easily eaten with a spoon.
Toddler's serve: Prepare as for an older baby or simply serve as is.
This recipe can also be prepared in Thermomix TM5.
This recipe and over 80 other delicious recipes can be found in my cookbook, Something for Everyone, available at the Thermomix Online Shop //bit.ly/1D4zjdc or through your Consultant.
Photography by © Ben Dearnley
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