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Cottage Pie with Leek & Cauliflower Cheese

A hearty plant based cottage pie with a leek and cauliflower cheese topping. Delicious, comfort food perfect for the colder months and when leeks are in season. I've tried to make this recipe as simple as possible with just a few key steps.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 2 people


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots finely diced
  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 1 red pepper finely chopped
  • 350 g mushrooms finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tbsp tomato purée + 150ml water
  • 1 tsp tamari sub for soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Leek & Cauliflower cheese topping:
  • 1 small head cauliflower into florets
  • 1 leek diced
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 200 ml oat/ almond milk
  • 100 g vegan grated cheese
  • 1 heaped tbsp cornflour


  • Start by finely chopping all of the base ingredients and adding to a pan with olive oil, fry on a medium heat for around 5 minutes
  • Meanwhile get a pot of water onto boil, add the cauliflower florets and leeks and allow to bubble for around 5 minutes
  • In the main pan, after 5 minutes of frying add the tomato purée and water, dried herbs and tamari and leave to simmer for 5 minutes
  • Drain the water from the cauliflower and leeks, leaving them in the colander, then add the other ingredients to the pot, heat and stir to create the ‘cheese’ sauce, add the cauliflower and leek back in stir through
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, pour the pan full of veggies to a baking dish, then pour the cauliflower and leek cheese topping on top, bake in the oven for around 30 minutes
  • Serve with steamed greens and enjoy