5 from 4 votes
Irish Shepherd's Pie
Irish Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
My vegan Irish Shepherd's Pie has a savory, delicious base of lentils, mushrooms and more vegetables topped with creamy, velvety mashed potatoes that bake up all crusty on this top. This is an updated version of a recipe that I first posted in 2015. A vegan, gluten-free, nut-free recipe.
Course: Main
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 382 kcal
Author: Vaishali
  • 1 8- oz package of smoked tempeh, very finely chopped
  • 2 cups cooked brown lentils
  • 12 cremini mushrooms, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 tbsp Irish whiskey, optional
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tbsp tamari
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • For mashed potatoes:
  • 12 Yukon gold potatoes (boiled in their jackets until tender, then peeled and mashed)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nondairy milk (almond, soy, rice and hemp milk will all work)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  1. Make the mashed potatoes by mixing together the potatoes, olive oil, almond milk and salt and ground black pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil for the filling in a saucepan. Add the onions, celery. peas and carrots and the minced garlic. Add salt and a good pinch of ground black pepper. Saute until the onions turn translucent.
  3. Add the mushrooms and tempeh and the whiskey. Saute, stirring frequently, until the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Add the tamari, mustard, thyme, mint, paprika, cayenne and some ground black pepper. Mix well, then add the lentils.
  5. Cook until most of the moisture has evaporated. Add salt.
  6. Oil a baking dish (I used an oval one that's 10 inches long). Spoon the lentil-tempeh filling into the dish.
  7. Layer on the mashed potatoes evenly. When you're done, run the tines of the fork through the top of the potatoes to give it a pretty, traditional look.
  8. Spray the top with some oil. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the Shepherd's Pie for 25 minutes.
  9. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Irish Shepherd's Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 382 Calories from Fat 85
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.4g 14%
Potassium 1259mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 57.5g 19%
Dietary Fiber 14.6g 58%
Sugars 4.1g
Protein 21.3g 43%
Calcium 9%
Iron 32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.