Vegan Shephard's Pie

A hearty, 9-ingredient Vegan Shepherd's Pie that's loaded with veggies and savory lentils and topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. So flavorful and satisfying that you won't miss the meat!

PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOK TIME: 45 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS:

FILLING

  • 1 medium onion (diced)

  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown or green lentils

  • 4 cups vegetable stock

  • 2 tsp fresh thyme

  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen mixed veggies: peas, carrots, green beans, and corn

MASHED POTATOES

  • 3 pounds scrubbed potatoes

  • 3-4 Tbsp vegan butter

  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C) and lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish.

  2. Slice potatoes in half, place in a large pot and fill with water to cover. Bring to a low boil on medium high heat, then generously salt, cover and cook for 20-30 minutes.

  3. Drain, add back to the pot to evaporate any remaining water, then transfer to a mixing bowl. Mash until smooth. Add desired amount of vegan butter and season to taste. Loosely cover and set aside.

  4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in 1 Tbsp olive oil until lightly browned and caramelized - about 5 minutes.

  5. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Add lentils, stock, thyme and stir. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Continue cooking until lentils are tender (35-40 minutes).

  6. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the frozen veggies, stir, and cover to meld the flavors together.

  7. To thicken the mixture, whisk in 2 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder.

  8. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Transfer to your prepared oven-safe baking dish and top with mashed potatoes. Smooth down with a spoon or fork and season with another crack of pepper and a little sea salt.

  9. Place on a baking sheet to catch overflow and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the mashers are lightly browned on top.

  10. Let cool briefly before serving. The longer it sits, the more it will thicken.


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