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Shepherd’s Pie [Vegan]

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This is a nice hearty dish. Meat eaters will appreciate the substance of this vegan take on shepherd’s pie. The portobello mushrooms give it a meaty texture that satisfies both meat eaters and vegans alike.

There are a quite few steps to make this dish but the outcome is well worth it!

Shepherd’s Pie [Vegan]


For the Mashed Potatoes:

  • 2 pounds potatoes of any variety, cut into 1-2 inch cubes  (930g)
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

For the Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 carrots, cut lengthwise and then sliced
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock
  • 3 large Portobello mushrooms, sliced lengthwise 1/- inch strips and then cut across into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of rice flour mixed with 1/2 cup water


To Prep the Potatoes:

  1. Place 8 cups of water and the cubed potatoes into a large pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 15 minutes and then turn off heat, cover with a lid and set aside.

To Prep the Filling:

  1. Melt the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the vegan butter into a soup pot.
  2. Add onions, celery and carrots.
  3. Stir and cook for 5 minutes on medium/low heat.
  4. Add 1 cup of broth and simmer for 15 minutes.

While the Vegetables are Cooking:

  1. Heat up 1 tablespoon of earth balance in a large skillet.
  2. Add mushrooms and stir.
  3. Sprinkle with a dash of salt, cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Take lid off and add tomato paste, thyme, salt, sugar, and nutmeg and stir.
  5. Cook for 1 more minute and turn off heat.
  6. Add the mushroom mixture to the vegetable mixture and turn the heat to low.
  7. Add the rice flour/water mixture and stir. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Turn off heat and set aside.
  9. Pre-heat oven to 375°F and start making the mashed potatoes.

To Make the Mashed Potatoes:

  1. Drain water from the potatoes.
  2. Place potatoes back in pot and mash with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Add vegan butter, dill, salt, and white pepper and stir potatoes until they are creamy and smooth.

To Make the Shepherd’s Pie:

  1. Lightly oil a 9-inch round casserole dish and add the filling.
  2. Add the mashed potatoes on top of the filling (do this gently, about a 1/2 cup at a time).
  3. Take a rubber spatula and smooth out the potatoes.
  4. Take a fork and lightly press into the potatoes and drag.
  5. Do this to the entire top of the casserole.
  6. This will allow some bits to get more cooked than other bits and proved nice texture.
  7. Place in the oven and cook for 40 minutes.





Meat-free comfort food without the oil! Molly Patrick is the co-founder of cleanfooddirtygirl.com Molly is a food coach, specializing in healing people's relationships with food by focusing on how, what and why they eat. She has a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from Cornell University in conjunction with the T. Collin Campbell Foundation. Her popular Saturday emails have turned into a Saturday morning ritual for her readers around the globe.



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26 comments on “Shepherd’s Pie [Vegan]”

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9 Months Ago

This was so delicious and hearty!!!

Allison Tims
9 Months Ago

Jake Zachary Kühler I don’t know what this is but it has mashed potatoes on it

Samantha Reid
9 Months Ago

going to try that one

Chris Hanselman
9 Months Ago

Amy Hanselman

Anna Charlotte Warburton
9 Months Ago

Alison Robinson

Alison Robinson
20 Dec 2017

Oohhh thanks Anna Charlotte Warburton this looks lovely x

Anna Charlotte Warburton
20 Dec 2017

I thought so youve probably made it already tho.

Alison Robinson
20 Dec 2017

I’ve made a similar one x

Kim Maree Abrahams-Skinner
9 Months Ago

I love my vegan cottage pie!

Kids Can Save The Planet documentary series
9 Months Ago

Yummmm! <3

Judy Reid
9 Months Ago

Very tasty looking dish!

Chucha Lechuga
2 Years Ago

I didn't have all the ingredients but came out delicious !!!

Helen Monteferrante-Fortino
4 Years Ago

Denise D'Adamo


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