This Vegan Shepherd’s Pie honors the traditional Shepherd’s Pie casserole I grew up on. Dare I say, it’s even better!? The first layer is made up of a hearty sauteed vegetable-lentil mixture, topped off with a thick layer of comforting mashed potatoes and baked until golden brown.
Did you grow up on Shepherd’s Pie? It was a Winter staple at my home growing up. Meals like this are the best when the cold weather hits because they make you feel completely warm and cozy. Best eaten at extremely cold temperatures, snuggled up in a fuzzy blanket by the fire.
The secret to getting G-O-L-D-E-N Vegan Shepherd’s Pie like this one is to add one very sneaky sweet potato to your mashed taters. It’s just enough to step-up the flavor profile of this recipe and makes this Winter casserole the most gorgeous colour. I make my Mashed potatoes in under 20 minutes flat in the Instant Pot.
Fun Fact: Henry goes absolutely CRAZY for carrots. He loves to sit by my feet as I cook or watch from the corner of the kitchen. He could hardly contain himself with excitement as I was chopping the carrots for this Vegan Shepherd’s pie. He especially LOVES the ends. Who knew my little furball would be such a help in the kitchen? 😉
The above veggie-lentil mixture is the bottom layer of my Vegan Shepherd’s Pie. It could not be heartier and is made with onions, leeks, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, peas, and herbs. The lentils are added in at the end and help everything come together.
Top off with the mashed potatoes.
Smooth out the top with the back of a spatula or spoon and top with fresh rosemary.
If you’re wondering what the “flecks” are in my mashed potatoes, I always leave the skin on when I make mine. Potato skin is filled with so much goodness it’s a shame to let it go to waste!
Bake the Vegan Shepherd’s Pie for 40 minutes until super crispy on top and golden brown. Serve with Easy Vegan Gravy for a real treat!
- Mashed Potato Topping
- 9 medium Yukon gold potatoes (or russet)*
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2-4 tbsp soy milk
- Salt and pepper
- Lentil Vegetable Mixture
- 3 medium white onions, chopped
- 3 leeks, chopped (white park)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp herbes de Provence
- 8 cups mushrooms, chopped (I used a mix of white and cremini mushrooms)
- 6 cups carrots, chopped (I used rainbow carrots)
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 1 1/2 cups red lentils
- 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 1 vegetable bouillon
- 3 cups water
- 1 sprig rosemary
- Green onions, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Boil the potatoes: Place the halved potatoes in medium-sized pot. Cover with an inch of cold water. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until tender. This will take about 20 minutes.
- Lentil Vegetable Mixture: Saute the onions, leeks, garlic, and herbs in a large-deep pan (or dutch oven) with a splash of water until the onions and leeks are tender.
- Add the mushrooms and carrots to the pot. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms reduce to half their size, adding a splash of water when necessary to the pan so the vegetables do not stick to the pan.
- Add the frozen peas, red lentils, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon, and water to the pan. Bring to a simmer, and cook until the lentils are cooked (about 8 to ten minutes).
- Stir the vegetable mixture and blend 1/3 of the vegetable mixture with an immersion blender (this will give it that perfect, hearty texture). Taste test and add additional salt, pepper, and herbs to taste.
- Mash the cooked potatoes: Cook the potatoes until the are easily pierced with a fork. Drain the potatoes and place them back in the pot. Add 2 tbsp of soy milk, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. Lightly blend the potatoes with an immersion blender until the potatoes are fluffy and thoroughly mashed. Add a splash more soy milk if necessary.
- Assemble the casserole: Spread the lentil vegetable mixture in an even layer in a large baking dish (8×13 casserole dish). Place the mashed potatoes on top. With a damp spatula, smooth out the mashed potatoes on top. Place the fresh rosemary on top of the potatoes.
- Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool for ten minutes before serving.
- Mashed Potatoes: Add the potatoes and 2 cups of water to the Instant Pot. Pressure cook on high for 13 minutes and then quick release until the steam releases.. Drain the potatoes and transfer to a separate large bowl to mash. Follow the rest of the instructions above.
- Lentil Vegetable Mixture: After making the mashed potatoes, sauté the vegetables as per the instructions above in the Instant Pot on the high setting.
- Add the frozen peas, red lentils, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon, and water to the Instant Pot. Pressure cook on high for 3 minutes and use the quick release until the steam releases. Follow the rest of the instructions above.