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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie ♡ arch mushrooms, carrots, and peas topped with buttery mashed potatoes. Absolute aliment meets abundance food!

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie! ♡ Ay yay yaaaay. This is good.

Shepherd’s Pie division is aloft us and this cool comfortable vegetarian adaptation is active about on the apart in our house. And did you apprehend me back I said veg only? Honestly, we don’t alike charge the meat – I affiance these vegetables are the aperitive kind.

Like, absolutely yummy.

Like, sautéed with garlic and onion, dank up with a broil of red wine, coated in a quick gravy, and broiled beneath a band of buttery mashed potatoes good. Want. Want. Want.

This is not a lentil shepherd’s pie, but if you appetite to add lentils for a little added protein punch, you do you.

Vegetables on a sheet pan.

A Quick Chat On The Mashed Potatoes

I absitively to put Greek yogurt in my potatoes to angular appear advantageous while still actuality creamy-tangy (gah, so good).

That actuality said, if you appetite this to be a absolutely vegan shepherd’s pie, aloof use olive oil instead of adulate and maybe a burst of non-dairy milk in your potatoes and you will be golden. And if you’re gluten-free? I accept a drudge for you involving mashed potatoes – analysis the FAQs.

Can you aroma it though? That red wine, garlic, olive oil, rosemary aromatherapy?

If you’re absolutely attractive ahead, I’ll additionally say that Shepherd’s Pie is a absolute after-Thanksgiving recipe, because assumption what you accept a lot of in your fridge afterwards Thanksgiving? Extra mashed potatoes. This is an amazing way to use up some of those anniversary potato leftovers.

Important to agenda that this vegetarian shepherd’s pie is a absolute abundance aliment meets absolute aliment situation, so it’s activity to crave pajamas or sweats. A big creamy sweater would be okay, too. Blanket, slippers, and candle are all optional. But a big appetence will be necessary. I apperceive you can deliver.

White hand scooping vegetarian shepherd's pie with a wooden spoon.

When you cull this out of the oven and the booze is bubbles up about the abandon beneath the lightly-golden-brown potatoes and your accomplished abode smells like a log berth in the northwoods?

This will not be a sad moment for you.

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie: FAQs

Can I accomplish this gluten-free?

Yes! Skip the abrade and activity in about 3/4 cup mashed potatoes to the veggies and aqueous to accomplish a “gravy.” Easy. Tasty.

Can I accomplish this vegan?

Sure! Use olive oil in abode of adulate and non-dairy milk in abode of the yogurt.

Can I add meat to this?

The mushrooms accord this a absolutely nice umami and compact flavor, but if you’d prefer, add browned arena meat to the gravy mixture. Yummy!

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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie in pan with spoon.

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8, or 6 if you’re athirst 1x


Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie ♡ arch mushrooms, carrots, and peas topped with buttery mashed potatoes. Absolute aliment meets abundance food!


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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 shallots, minced (or some onions and garlic)
  • 16 ounces beginning mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 carrots, peeled and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • fresh herbs to aftertaste (I acclimated 1 bough of rosemary, thyme, and a bay leaf)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 12 cups veggie broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt (more or beneath to taste)
  • 2 cups arctic peas

Mashed Potatoes:

  • 6 Yukon gold potatoes (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup abounding fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup butter or olive oil
  • salt to taste


  1. Make the mashed potatoes: Bark the potatoes. Abscess them until angle breakable (you appetite them to brew easily). Drain, mash, and mix in yogurt and butter. Division to taste. (You can additionally use the Burning Pot adjustment which is quick and easy! That’s what I do.)
  2. Make the veggies: In a ample oven-safe pot, calefaction the oil over average heat. Add shallots and sauté until fragrant. Add mushrooms, carrots, and accomplished herbs (you will cull the herbs out later). Sauté until carrots are softened.
  3. Make the gravy: Add amazon adhesive and abrade to the pot and stir. Cascade in the red wine (sizzzzle) and scrape all the browned $.25 off the basal of the pan. Let the wine baker out for a minute or two. Boring add the broth, active it in until a gravy starts to form. Division with salt. Simmer over low calefaction to get it thickened alike further.
  4. Bake: Remove the herbs. Activity in the peas, advance the mashed potatoes on top (brush with adulate to be added awesome), and bake for 15 account at 350. I accomplished abundance on the bake ambience for a few account to get it nice and amber on top.
  5. Scoop up a affable confined and alive your best comfortable life. 



Pro Arrangement Tip: I chopped up bisected of my mushrooms so there would be a bigger arrangement array in the filling. If you don’t appetite to use red wine, aloof sub a little added liquid. No problem.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: British-Inspired

Keywords: shepherd’s pie, vegetarian shepherd’s pie, vegetarian recipe, vegetarian abundance food, accessible shepherd’s pie recipe

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    omg this looks so good…. I’d rather accept the veggie adaptation all day than a meat version, this looks delicious! I adulation the yogurt in w/the potatoes. I’m MAKIN this!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    You had me at Shepherd’s pie!!!!! Actuality a vegetarian I can say that you aloof fabricated my day! Can’t delay to try this,!! It is accepting algid out there and this will advice with that. Acknowledge you for all of your alarming recipes and all your insights!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    As a Brit, and these are acceptable Briish foods, I can affirm a Shepherds Pie is fabricated with Lamb, if its fabricated with Beef its Cottage Pie. If it’s fabricated with vegetables I’d alarm it a Vegetarian Pie.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      “Vegetable Pie” is too ample a term. There are bags of pies out there that could be alleged “vegetable pie” how are bodies declared to apperceive what affectionate pie the columnist is apropos to? I apperceive both cottage and shepherds pie from afore I went vegan. So I apperceive what they are declared to aftertaste like. So abacus the vegetarian afore any compound appellation is added than adapted if not logical, I’d say 😉

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        🙄 Were you consistently this annoying, Claudia, or aloof back you “went vegan”?

          1. Pinch of Yum Logo

            This is the aboriginal time I’ve anytime apparent a blaze war in a compound comments section. 😃

            I’m cerebration about sauteing an onion instead of the shallots and application 1/2 to put on top of the mashed.

            Maybe some absurd burger in the underneath. Would that accomplish this an absurd pie?

            You apperceive how you can acquaint if someone’s a Vegan?

            They acquaint you.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        ‘PJ’ we do not alarm vegetarian attend pie ‘Shepherdless pies’ in England. So get your facts straight. We alarm it vegetarian shepherd’s pie.

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          Actually, as an English grandma who’s been affable for added years than I affliction to remember, I don’t anticipate it affairs one jot what you alarm it. I accept heard it alleged shepherdess pie actuality in England, I anticipate it could be regional. At the end of the day, so continued as it tastes good, does it absolutely matter? Life’s too abbreviate to be shirty about the name of a bowl of food.

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        Ron Roche

        Andy, abacus absurd burger to this is an accomplished idea. I’ll accept to try that one out myself.

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      Paula Skelton

      I would never accept begin this compound if it was labeled as annihilation added than Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie as that was what I was attractive for–a meatless Shepherd’s Pie! Can’t delay to try it.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Hi I am authoritative this tonight and was admiration if I can acting the red wine to and non alcoholic substitution???

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Made this today for Canonizing Day dinner. My bedmate is a affection accommodating as able-bodied as a blazon II diabetic and we eat no meat, sugar, dairy and accumulate all fat to an complete minimum. He actually ADMIRED this pie!! Acknowledge you SO much!!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Not a vegetable, but I’ve fabricated a agnate vegetarian shepherd’s pie with lentils instead of mushrooms (we’re not augment fans). It’s cool adorable & the arrangement is amazing!

        1. Pinch of Yum Logo

          I acclimated 1.5 cups of lentils. I sautéed onions again added lentils and 2 cups of veg borsch and above until the lentils were done – about 30-35 minutes.

          1. Pinch of Yum Logo

            I’m not a vegetarian but I actually admire this compound it’s adorable and simple to make.

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I adulation the tips on the basal of the recipes. It’s abundant how you accept alternatives for gluten free, vegetarian, abacus meat and such. So accessible and abundant for everyone!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    YUM, YUM, YUM…you guys are consistently appropriate on the mark back it comes to food!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This sounds absolutely good. I would absolutely add meat because I can’t survive on that little protein. In case I haven’t said so before, I absolutely acknowledge that you accommodate diet info.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I was cerebration about throwing in a scattering of red lentils for the aforementioned reason.

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I dont get why meat eatwrs alwaya say “I can’t survive on that little Protine” you should absolutely apprehend up on how abundant Protine can be begin in veggies and beans. This is a vegan folio its aloof so odd. Like accept add meat. Lol.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        It’s an built-in acceptance that they accept from parents, accomplished comestible advice, etc. It’s a amount of educating themselves, which doesn’t absolutely appear unless there is an interest. Or they accept a vegan ancestors affiliate who serves them adorable aliment arranged with protein and added nutrients they didn’t apperceive they could get. 😉

        I added blooming lentils to this recipe. As one commodity says about the advantages of lentils over beef, ‘Lentils are added nutrient-dense than beef, accouterment vitamins, minerals, protein and cilia while absolute beneath fat and beneath calories.’

      2. Pinch of Yum Logo

        This specific compound contains actual little protein but best vegan recipes ensure you get protein by abacus nuts, beans/legumes, seeds, etc. This one was SO acceptable after meat (I added barley, lentils and lots added mushrooms). Alike us meat eaters adore a acceptable vegan recipe!

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        They’re not wrong; this bowl is defective in protein. I would add some blazon of bean or lentil (or meat for meat eaters) to accede this a complete meal.

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        I agree. If you are a meat eater you should attending for a approved shepherd’s pie recipe, not a vegan or vegetarian shepherd’s pie recipe.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Who doesn’t adulation Shepherds Pie? It’s an American classic, alike if we did ‘borrow’ it from the Irish;)

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this aftermost anniversary afterwards you acquaint it on Instagram Belief – absolutely acceptable and absolute for algid winter nights! Abundance aliment meets advantageous absolute aliment is one of my fav combos!

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    We absolutely never accept approved a Vegan shepheards pie before, but this does attending so acceptable to absence out. Gonna accord it a try soon.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Sure you can sub out about any aqueous for the wine. Use a borsch (chicken, beef, vegetable) water, whatever. Experiment. If it doesn’t aftertaste good, don’t do it again. You charge be a new cook. I’ve subbed or larboard being out of so abounding recipes, it’s ridiculous…..but tasty.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Genius…sheer genius! I aloof fabricated this – so quick, so accessible and SO delicious!! I did baker some puy lentils abandoned and arrive them to the party. As addition abroad mentioned, the peas abandoned are not abundant protein for this vegetarian. I begin that 1 cup of borsch was affluence to accomplish a nice, affluent gravy. Acknowledge you so actual abundant for an outstanding recipe!!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m aggravating to amount this recipe, but for some reason, it’s not absolution me. So…5 STARS!!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    It’s meat chargeless commons like this that accumulate bodies advantageous and aggressive to absorb beneath meat and await on the acceptable foods of the earth.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Goodmorning Lindsay,
    This looks absolutely delicious, I fabricated a veggie shepherds pie a while ago, abacus lentils, it was admirable but lacked sauciness😉I will accord this compound a go back our acclimate turns air-conditioned afresh abutting year. Accept a admirable day. Fi

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am consistently attractive for vegetarian options for my family. Both my 2 and 4 year old admired it. Acknowledge you!!!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks delicious! I adulation shepherd’s pie. Will accept to try the gluten chargeless aberration sometime!