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There is nothing more comforting than a vegetarian shepherd’s pie with a slightly crispy mashed potato topping and rich vegetable and gravy filling. The perfect thing to warm you up.
They’re all guaranteed to warm you up on a winter’s evening.
SIMPLE VEGETARIAN SHEPHERD’S PIE (WITH NO LENTILS!)
Whenever I’ve tried to find vegetarian shepherd’s pie recipes most of them seem to have lentils in them. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good lentil but I really wanted this to be purely vegetables.
I know not everyone likes lentils and sometimes I find them a little too heavy. Especially with mashed potato on top.
Instead of lentils I made this shepherd’s pie using carrots, leek, onion and mushrooms. Mushrooms are one of my favourite things to use as a meat alternative because they have that meaty texture (see also: mushroom bao).
TRADITIONAL SHEPHERD’S PIE
Traditional shepherd’s pie uses lamb mince (shepherds —> lamb…get it?) in a gravy sauce and topped with mashed potato. For this slightly less traditional vegetarian version I kept everything pretty much the same as usual but just got rid of the meat and upped the veg content.
This makes for a healthy dinner that’s still super comforting and rich.
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE VEGETARIAN SHEPHERD’S PIE
- Potatoes – Use up leftovers in this harissa chicken recipe
- Mushrooms – Use ay extras in the creamy mushroom dish
- Vegetable Stock
- Red Wine – Switch for extra stock if you prefer
- Tomato Puree
- Salt and Pepper
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The weather here is taking a turn for the cold. To be honest it’s actually pretty late for it to be getting this cold so I can’t really complain, especially after the incredible summer we had.
As I’ve talked about plenty I am a summer person through and through so I’m already feeling mild anxiety at the thought of cold mornings and dark evenings. The only thing that’s going to get me through is dinners like this vegetarian shepherd’s pie.
I love when it comes out the oven with that slightly crispy mashed potato topping and all the traditional gravy and thyme flavour. Plus it’s actually pretty healthy which means it somewhat makes up for all the other carbs I’ll be eating all winter. Win!
HOW TO MAKE VEGETARIAN SHEPHERD’S PIE (STEP BY STEP)
- Boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes until softened.
- Fry the carrots, leek, onion, garlic and mushrooms. Add the tomato puree, flour and thyme followed by the stock and the wine. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Mash the potatoes with plenty of milk and butter.
- Pour the vegetable mixture into a baking dish and top with the potato. Cook under the grill for 10-15 minutes.
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Can you freeze vegetarian shepherd’s pie?
You could definitely freeze this pie. If you want to freeze the whole pie then make it up to the point of baking and then leave to cool and cover tightly before freezing. When you want to eat it defrost thoroughly and then just cook according to the recipe instructions.
What’s the different between a shepherd’s pie and a cottage pie?
Traditionally the difference is that a shepherd’s pie is made with lamb while the cottage pie is made from beef but in the case of a vegetarian pie there’s not really any difference!
Want more? Get all my other vegetarian recipes before you go or try one of the below!
- Vegan Chickpea Sandwich
- Baked Falafel Burger with Chipotle Mayo
- Kale and Courgette Omelette
- Vegetarian Sausage Pasta Bake
- Pasta e Fagioli
- Butternut Squash Salad with Wild Rice
- Skillet Vegetable Pie with Garlic Butter
Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie with Mushrooms
- 4 Potatoes peeled and chopped
- 3 Carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 Leek chopped
- 1 Onion chopped
- 150 g Mushroom sliced
- 1 tbsp Flour
- 2 sprigs Thyme
- 500 ml Vegetable Stock
- 80 ml Red Wine
- 4 cloves Garlic crushed
- 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
- 50 ml Milk
- 1-2 tbsp Butter
- Salt and Pepper
- Add the potatoes to a pot of boiling water with a pinch of salt and cook for 10-15 minutes until soft.
- Heat a little oil in a large pot and add the carrots, leek and onion and cook for a couple of minutes until softened then add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for a few minutes longer.
- Add the tomato puree, flour and thyme followed by the stock and wine. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce is thickened.
- In the meantime mash the potatoes with milk and butter and a sprinkling of salt and pepper until the texture is to your liking. I would try not to go too sloppy here so that it doesn't mix with the sauce when you top the pie.
- Pour the vegetables into an ovenproof dish and top with the mashed potato. Gently spread the potato with the back of a spoon until it coves the whole pie. Drag a fork across the top to add a pattern if desired.
- Place under a medium-high grill (broiler) for 10-15 minutes until browned and crispy.
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