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Irish Shepherd's Pie
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Vegan Irish Shepherd's Pie

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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 382kcal


  • 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
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ 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
  • ¼ cup nondairy milk (almond, soy, rice and hemp milk will all work)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Make the mashed potatoes by mixing together the potatoes, olive oil, almond milk and salt and ground black pepper. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Add the mushrooms and tempeh and the whiskey. Saute, stirring frequently, until the liquid has evaporated.
  • Add the tamari, mustard, thyme, mint, paprika, cayenne and some ground black pepper. Mix well, then add the lentils.
  • Cook until most of the moisture has evaporated. Add salt.
  • Oil a baking dish (I used an oval one that's 10 inches long). Spoon the lentil-tempeh filling into the dish.
  • 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.
  • Spray the top with some oil. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the Shepherd's Pie for 25 minutes.
  • Serve hot.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.5g | Protein: 21.3g | Fat: 9.4g | Potassium: 1259mg | Fiber: 14.6g | Sugar: 4.1g | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 5.8mg