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Instant Pot (or not) Shepherd’s Pie Stew
with lentils / gnocchi

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No matter how you choose to cook this stew, we think you'll love the classic flavors that will fit right into a cozy St. Patrick's Day meal.
Smarts: If you are serving this meal immediately, simmer the gnocchi in the stew where it will release starch to naturally thicken the broth and absorb more flavor. If not serving right away, cook it separately to avoid it expanding as it sits.
Cooking methods: This recipe includes instructions for using the Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or stovetop. Select your preferred method.
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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Shepherd’s Pie Stew:
  • Onions, medium - 1/2, diced
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Peas and carrots, frozen - 2 cups, defrosted
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 5 cups
  • Tomato paste - 3 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Lentils, uncooked French / green - 1 1/2 cups
  • Gnocchi - 16 oz
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz (sub baby kale or chopped chard leaves)
Shepherd's Pie Spice Mix:
  • Thyme, dried - 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Mustard powder (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Onions - Dice onions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make spice mix - Combine dried thyme, garlic powder, mustard powder, black pepper, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Parsley - Chop parsley. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. In the bowl of a slow cooker whisk together stock (this recipe was written for Instant Pot, so we recommend increasing liquid by 10-20% over listed amount to account for evaporation), spice mix, tomato paste, and soy sauce. Stir in onions and lentils. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.
  5. Frozen peas and carrots - Defrost.

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Make

  1. When stew is nearly finished cooking, increase slow cooker heat to high. If cooking gnocchi in the stew, add gnocchi and cover. Simmer until gnocchi is tender (depending on how hot your slow cooker runs, this may take 2-3 times as long as the time listed on the package). (You can also cook the gnocchi separately.)
  2. Stir spinach, peas, and carrots into stew until spinach is wilted.
  3. Taste stew and season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Divide between serving bowls and serve with parsley on top.

Prep

  1. Onions - Dice onions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make spice mix - Combine dried thyme, garlic powder, mustard powder, black pepper, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Parsley - Chop parsley. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Frozen peas and carrots - Defrost.

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Make

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions. Saute until slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes more. Stir in spice mix for 1 minute.
  2. Slowly pour in stock (this recipe was written for Instant Pot, so we recommend increasing liquid by 10-20% over listed amount to account for evaporation) while scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir in tomato paste, soy sauce, and lentils.
  3. Cover stew with a lid and reduce heat so that it stays at a low simmer. Simmer until lentils are tender, 15 to 25 minutes. (Timing will vary a bit depending on the size / type of lentils. Check the package for recommended cook time.)
  4. When stew is nearly finished cooking, remove lid and keep stew at a simmer. If cooking gnocchi in the stew, add gnocchi and simmer according to package directions (or cook gnocchi separately).
  5. Stir spinach, peas, and carrots into stew until spinach is wilted.
  6. Taste stew and season with some salt and pepper.
  7. Divide between serving bowls and serve with parsley on top.

Prep

  1. Onions - Dice onions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make spice mix - Combine dried thyme, garlic powder, mustard powder, black pepper, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Parsley - Chop parsley. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Frozen peas and carrots - Defrost.

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Make

  1. Using the Saute function of an Instant Pot add oil and then onions. Saute until slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in spice mix for 1 minute.
  2. Slowly pour in stock while scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan (be sure to scrape well to avoid the burn error). Turn off Saute function.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, soy sauce, and lentils.
  4. Close and lock the lid. Set the pressure valve to 'Sealing'. Cook on manual / high pressure for 15 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then manually release any remaining pressure.
  5. Once all of the pressure has released, remove the lid and set aside. Turn on the Saute function to medium.
  6. If cooking gnocchi in the stew, add gnocchi and simmer according to package directions (or cook gnocchi separately).
  7. Stir spinach, peas, and carrots into stew until spinach is wilted.
  8. Taste stew and season with some salt and pepper.
  9. Divide between serving bowls and serve with parsley on top.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (53)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (5)
Vegetarian (15)

Most Helpful

I made this paleo using the Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi and it was delicious!

By: Alice
Posted: Apr 02, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

40 reviews

Very easy, and great flavor. I might add more mushroom, next time, but we love mushrooms in this house!

By: Katrina
Posted: Mar 19, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

It was a quick, satisfying meal. Needed more seasoning than written for.

By: Tammie
Posted: Mar 15, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made this for Pi day (March 4)-I was opting for a “Paleo pie” This fit the bill

By: Lisa
Posted: Mar 15, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Made it with lamb as that is what I had. It was very good. Used instant pot recipe and seasoning was fine to me. Would definitely make again.

By: Twyla
Posted: Jan 03, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Really good! As a few other reviews suggested, I doubled the seasoning for the Instant Pot. It turned out wonderful!

By: Jennifer
Posted: Sep 26, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Very grateful I read one of the reviews that included more accurate timing for the IP. Otherwise dinner would have been much later than anticipated! It's definitely closer to 90 minutes - even with much of the meal prep done ahead of time. :-( Took one star off for that because we've got two elementary school kids and dinner being later than anticipated is very challenging in our house. Overall, this was good. The recipe calls for frozen peas and carrots but the store only had a medley of peas, carrots, corn, and green beans. It would have been better with just the peas and carrots as specified in the recipe... I think I like the CS beef and barely soup better than this one. But maybe I'd have preferred it with potatoes instead of gnocci. They did get really big and kind of took over all the tastes when eating leftovers the next day. But everyone ate it! So that's a win.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Apr 20, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful