Winters are all about eating food that is easy to cook, cozy, and nutrient-dense, and Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is one of them!
The ultimate Lentil shepherd’s pie features savory lentils enriched with creamy mashed potatoes. This humble, luscious and delightful pie can be your favorite comforting food for the upcoming Thanksgiving.
This recipe tastes absolutely delicious and is well-liked by everyone. You can prepare this recipe in less than an hour and consider yourself lucky when tasting it.
Vegan shepherd’s pie recipe
All in one, lentils shepherd’s pie is a rounder for everyone! With the dynamic richness of lentils, this shepherd’s pie has all the delicious taste you need to enrich your taste buds.
In a hearty, flavorful vegan soy sauce, succulent lentils are served with baked creamy mashed potatoes. This recipe does wonders, especially for vegan lovers.
Ingredients used in the filling of the lentil shepherd’s pie recipe
Whether you are vegan or a fitness freak, the ingredients below will benefit your body!
One of the budget-friendly, affordable, and healthful alternatives to meat is lentils. Lentils are a great fiber, vitamin B, iron, and minerals source.
It provides a meaty texture to your pie with brown or green lentils. For example, one cup of green lentils in your shepherd’s pie can replace a pound of ground beef. They are incredible to use because they give the same meaty texture and nutrition.
You can even add canned lentils to your recipe if you are out of time.
Here are some other recipes that call for lentils:
You might dislike onions because they make you cry whenever you cut them. But do you know that onions are a source of antioxidants? It helps your body in fighting against inflammation. It also lowers blood pressure levels and protects against the unusual clotting of blood cells.
Onions in Shepherd’s pie are mixed to make the filling. They give an exquisite umami taste when combined with the other ingredients. One medium-sized onion is required to bring a crunchy, rich taste to your shepherd’s pie.
You can refresh your shepherd’s pie with a few celery leaves. Celery is rich in vitamins and is considered an anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory source. It even promotes the digestion of your body and reduces bloating.
Remember to top up your recipe with celery and enjoy a tasty and crunchy texture with health benefits!
Give your shepherd’s pie more nutrients by adding carrots. Lightly sauté carrots are great for your vision growth and healthy skin. In addition, it furnishes the pie with a colorful experience and gives lovely flavor throughout.
The secret ingredient to every meal is love and garlic. This little garlic has numerous health benefits. It strengthens your bone health and immunity.
You can add the chopped garlic according to your taste or add a sprinkle of dry garlic powder to your pie for a beautiful aroma.
When life gives you tomatoes, make tomato paste. Tomato paste is an alternative to chopping and blending tomatoes for all your classic and international cuisines.
It is rich in lycopene and vitamin C that protects your skin. In addition, it is low in calories and potent antioxidants essential for good vision and skin health.
Along with the several health benefits, you’ll undoubtedly like tomato paste’s zesty flavor when eating shepherd’s pie!
Give your pie a tangy and bright taste by adding pasta sauce to the shepherd’s pie. This well-known pasta sauce is vibrant, tangy, and a high source of carotenoids.
The tomatoes will impart tons of flavor. You’ll adore the sharp taste of tomato sauce in your shepherd’s pie!
Stocking water with vegetable broth puts wonders into your health and tastes delicious.
Vegetable broth is a mixture of water with concentrated juice of your veggies, including onion, lentils, carrot, frozen peas, and celery. It is being added to the recipe for an overwhelming experience for your tastebuds.
You can even use vegetable broth to whip the mashed potatoes after the veggies have cooked in broth until they are soft.
Ingredients used on top of vegetarian shepherd’s pie
Irish potatoes provide a firm texture to your vegetarian shepherd’s pie. They taste lovely if you
make a creamy mashed potato topping. On top of that, they give a heavenly taste when combined with lentils.
Add this secret ingredient to make the lentils creamy. Despite being entirely dairy-free, you can opt for plant-based milk.
For creamier results, coconut milk is added as a plant-based milk source. Rich gravy prepared from coconut milk gives a smooth appearance
and hearty flavor.
A plant-based spread gives shepherd’s pie a smoother, creamier finish. In addition, animal proteins are being replaced with organic spread to make this recipe a friendly source for vegans.
Vegan Shredded Cheese
Top this simple dish with vegan shredded cheese to make it more appealing.
Vegan cheese is shredded on top of the shepherd’s pie before baking. It gives you a fantastic mouthfeel
and an oozing celestial cheese pull.
How to store vegan lentil shepherd’s pie?
Vegan lentil shepherd’s pie tightly wrapped in a sealed container can easily be stored for 2–3 days. You can also freeze leftovers in a freezer for over three days but less than a month.
Lentil Shepherd Pie
Shepherd's Pie has been an all-time favorite at my store. Many would make sure to send orders in early. I hope you enjoy this recipe with family and friends.
Lentil Filling Ingredients
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion (diced)
- 1/2 cup carrots (diced)
- 1/2 cup celery (diced)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (roughly chopped)
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves (roughly chopped)
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup Pasta sauce
- 1 1/2 cups lentil (cooked)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- salt or sea salt and cayenne to taste
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- 4 large Russet potatoes (or 6 medium)
- 4 tablespoons vegan butter
- 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup Shredded Vegan Cheese (Sprinkle it on the top)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- salt and cayenne to taste
Boil the lentils until they are tender, or about 20 minutes.
Drain the lentils once they are done and set them aside.
In a skillet or pot add olive or coconut oil along with onions, celery, carrots, and garlic, and allow it to cook until the carrots are tender.
Add tomato paste, and allow it to cook in the herbs for 3-5 minutes.
Add lentils to the pan with the pasta sauce, and seasonings.
Allow it to simmer for 5-7 minutes before removing it from the heat.
Spoon the lentil filling into baking the pan.
Creamy Mashed Potato
Boil the potatoes, and drain them. (Make sure to season the water with salt while boiling.)
Add butter, garlic, and milk to the potato and mash, or use a cake mixer to whip the potatoes.
Season potatoes to taste.
Spoon the mashed potato on top of the lentil filling.
Garnish with parsley flakes.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until the cheese melts.
Can you reheat lentil shepherd’s pie?
Reheat leftover lentil shepherd’s pie in the oven or microwave after storing it in the fridge for three to four days. Suppose the lentil shepherd’s pie is stored in a freezer, then thaw it before reheating,
For thawing, defrost it in the refrigerator overnight, then bake for 30 minutes at 200 °C. Otherwise, Irish potato topping will give a few icy results. If the pie has been prepared before freezing and it begins to get too dark, cover it with foil for the final 10 minutes.
Why would you love this recipe?
You won’t find a better vegan shepherd’s pie than this one! From protein enriched to plant-based supper! It combines creamy mashed potatoes, flavorful lentils, and vegetable broth with tomato sauce.
All in one, this recipe is a complete diet for vegans.
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- For: 6
- Preparation: 30 min
- Cooking: 40 min
- Ready in: 1 h 10 min
- Make sure to cover the shepherd's pie while it is baking, especially when using vegan cheeses. Covering helps to speed up the melting of the cheese.
Can you make the recipe ahead of time?
Absolutely yes! You can prepare delicious lentil shepherd’s pie in advance.
Prepare it, then bake it when required. It is convenient if you want to prepare a dinner to eat regularly during the week. Alternatively, you may prepare it for occasions before.
You can make the lentil mixture and mashed potatoes ahead of time. Moreover, you can cut chopped onions, carrots, and celery and keep them in the freezer.
Just make sure to wrap them adequately. Then, you can assemble the lentil shepherd’s pie ingredients and bake them.