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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie with Lentils and Mushrooms
and mixed greens salad

Active: 35 minTotal: 45 min

We have featured several versions of shepherd's pie over the years, but packed with lentils, mushrooms and a savory spice mix, we think this vegetarian version will satisfy meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Shepherd's Pie Spice Mix:
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Mustard powder (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Thyme, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Parsley, dried (opt) - 1/2 tsp
Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie with Lentils and Mushrooms:
  • Onions, medium - 1/2, chopped
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts separate
  • Mushrooms, any button - 8 oz, chopped (look for pre-chopped)
  • Potatoes, russet - 1 lb, peeled and cubed
  • Mixed frozen vegetables - 1 1/2 cups (like peas, corn and carrots)
  • Cooked lentils - 2 cups, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce - 2 tsp (sub soy sauce)
  • Tomato paste - 3 Tbsp
  • Sour cream - 1/4 cup
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
Mixed Greens Salad with Grapes and Almonds:
  • Grapes, red or green - 16, halved
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Mixed greens - 5 oz
  • Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup

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Prep

  1. Spice mix - Combine all ingredients for spice mix. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Green onions - Prep as directed. Combine onions and white parts of green onions in one container. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Mushrooms / Potatoes / Grapes - Prep as directed and store separately. Soak potatoes in water if not using right away. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Frozen vegetable mix - Place in a colander and run under warm tap water to defrost.
  5. Lentils - Drain and rinse.

Make

  1. Turn on the oven's broiler and place an oven rack about 6" / 15cm under the heat source.
  2. Place potatoes into a saucepan and cover with cold water and some salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 12 to 15 minutes until potatoes can be easily pierced by a knife. Drain and let sit in a colander for ~5 minutes to let the steam escape (this creates creamier potatoes vs. liquidy potatoes).
  3. While potatoes are cooking, heat a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and mushrooms to heated oil. Saute until mushrooms are deep golden brown, ~5 minutes. Add onions and white parts of green onions to hot oil. Saute until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add spice mix and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute more.
  4. Add lentils and frozen vegetables and saute to heat through, ~1 minute. Stir in water, Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste.
  5. Transfer filling to a lightly greased 8" x 8" / 20cm x 20cm baker.
  6. Use a masher to mash steamed potatoes with sour cream, butter and some salt. Spoon over top of filling and spread to evenly cover.
  7. Broil for 8 to 12 minutes, until the top is golden brown and crisp.
  8. Whisk together vinegar, mustard and honey in a mixing bowl. Add olive oil while whisking. Add mixed greens, grapes and almonds to vinaigrette. Toss just before serving.
  9. Sprinkle shepherd's pie with green parts of green onions. Enjoy with salad on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (98)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (24)
Vegetarian (21)

61 reviews

Made the vegetarian version of this recipe and it was a hit for the entire family. It was one of the best shepherd's pies I have had!

By: Katie
Posted: Jun 28, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

The effort to make this is worth it. This is a go to for dinner and a welcome addition to vegetarian potluck get togehter.

By: Jason
Posted: May 14, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Excellent shepherd’s pie! We served it for friends and they all loved it, vegetarians and omnivores alike.

By: Melissa
Posted: Jan 20, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was a big hit. I have made the paleo version a number of times. I double the spices and husband loves it.

By: Tara
Posted: Apr 26, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Doubled the mashed potatoes and the "sauce" ingredients, per comments from others. Yummy!

By: Caroline
Posted: Mar 13, 2017
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

My family loved this dish. I made it all at once with no prep in advance. It took a LONG time to make and a lot of dishes! If I make it again, I will for sure prep in advance!!

By: Julie
Posted: Feb 23, 2017
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful