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Recipe – Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Updated: Apr 29

Vegetarian Shepherd Pie

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 leek finely chopped

2 carrots, roughly chopped

150g chestnut mushrooms, roughly chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

3 fresh sage leaves roughly chopped

400g tin of green or puy lentils, drained and rinsed

400g tin of chopped tomatoes

400ml veg stock

1tbsp worcester sauce (optional, contains anchovies)

1tbsp of Tamari or soy sauce

1tsp chilli flakes (optional)

Salt & Pepper


1 cauliflower, separated into florets

500g butternut squash, peeled and diced

a knob of butter

salt &  pepper


Preheat the oven to 200C/180 Fan/Gas 6.

●● For the filling, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the leeks and fry for 4-5 mins.

●● Add the carrots, mushrooms and garlic and continue to cook, stirring regularly, for 4-5mins.

●● Add the sage, lentils, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Tamari, chilli flakes and stock and stir. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat until simmering and continue to simmer while you make the topping.

●● For the topping, steam the cauliflower and butternut squash until soft.

●● Add the butter, season well with salt and black pepper, then mash until smooth. Set aside and keep warm.

●● Stir the Worcestershire sauce (if using), soy sauce and chilli flakes (if using) into the filling mixture, which should have thickened during cooking.

●● Continue to simmer for a further 1-2 mins, adding a little water if the mixture is too dry (simmer for longer if the mixture is too watery). Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

●● Transfer the filling mixture to an ovenproof baking dish, then spoon over the topping and spread into an even layer.

●● Bake the shepherd’s pie in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the topping is golden-brown and the filling is bubbling.

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