- If you're using dried lentils, cook them in plenty of water until just soft, drain them, and save the cooking liquid. If you're using tinned lentils, drain them and save the liquid.
- While the lentils are cooking, sauté the onion, garlic, basil and cayenne pepper in oil until soft, but not brown.
- Add the carrot, pepper and mushrooms. Cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes or until the carrot has softened. Add the cooked lentils, tomato puree and seasoning. If the mixture is very thick, add a little of the reserved liquid from the lentils.
- Cook the mixture for a further 5 minutes and then transfer it to an oven-proof dish. Cover it with mashed potato and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake it for 30 minutes in a moderate oven, until the top is golden-brown.
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