John's vegan shepherd's pie 2016

Vegan shepherd's pie

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins Cook time is 1 hr, 45 mins if making two large pies


Serves 8 (makes eight individual or two large pies)

A warming vegan supper with porcini mushrooms, leeks, carrots, and butternut squash, topped with crispy potatoes. It's low calorie, low fat, and perfect for when the nights draw in

Nutrition and extra info

  • before baking
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal348
  • fat11g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre13g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 1.2kg floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper or King Edward
  • 50ml vegetable oil
  • 30g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 15 mins, then drained (reserve the liquid)
  • 2 large leeks, chopped



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 2 small onions, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 medium carrots (about 300g), cut into small cubes



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 vegetable stock cube (make sure it's vegan - we used Kallo)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • ½ small pack marjoram or oregano, leaves picked and roughly chopped
  • ½ small pack thyme, leaves picked


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • ½ small pack sage, leaves picked and roughly chopped



    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…

  • 4 celery sticks, chopped
  • 400g can chickpeas
  • 300g frozen peas
  • 300g frozen spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 20ml olive oil
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    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • small pack flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • tomato ketchup, to serve (optional)


  1. Put the unpeeled potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer for 40 mins until the skins start to split. Drain and leave to cool a little.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy-based sauté pan or flameproof casserole dish. Add the mushrooms, leeks , onions, carrots and the stock cube and cook gently for 5 mins , stirring every so often. If it starts to stick, reduce the heat and stir more frequently, scraping the bits from the bottom. The veg should be soft but not mushy.

  3. Add the garlic, tomato purée, paprika, squash and herbs. Stir and turn the heat up a bit, cook for 3 mins, add the celery, then stir and cook for a few more mins.

  4. Tip in the chickpeas along with the water in the can and reserved mushroom stock. Add the peas and spinach and stir well. Cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally, then season, turn off and set aside. There should still be plenty of liquid and the veg should be bright and a little firm.

  5. Peel the potatoes and discard the skin. Mash 200g with a fork and stir into the veg. Break the rest of the potatoes into chunks, mix with the olive oil and parsley and season.

  6. Divide the filling into the pie dishes and top with the potatotes. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and bake the pies for 40-45 mins, until the top is golden and the filling is heated through. If making individual pies, check after 20 mins. Best served with tomato ketchup – as all great shepherd’s pies are.

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11th May, 2020
Lovely and hearty. I don't think it would be so tasty without the mushrooms. I made it exactly as the recipe using fresh herbs. I would double the garlic and paprika next time as I love the flavour these give.
24th Mar, 2020
So good! I swapped the squash for sweet potato, doubled the garlic and spices, dropped the mushrooms and only put a little of the chickpea water in. Non-vegan friends loved it!
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8th Jan, 2020
This dish is not worth the effort. Much, much work for an average return. We won’t be spending time on this one again.
26th Nov, 2019
Can you freeze this
13th Apr, 2019
Love this dish, takes a while to make but it's worth it! Lots of flavour and really healthy.
Emma Shamone
4th Jan, 2019
Made this and it was so darn good! I made some moderations: Added cooked red lentils in place of chickpeas to up protein and filling Tripled all seasoning and added 4 grated garlic cloves Used mash potato in place of whole Used peppers and peas with mushroom and loads of spinach Doubled tomato paste and stock Added a thin layer of cheese between lentil/veg mix and potato So Good! Last minutes under the grill for crispy mash.
18th Nov, 2018
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16th Nov, 2018
This recipe did not work for me. I ended up with a runny, tasteless vegetable stew with unappetising lumps of potato floating on top. It didn’t go crispy as it was so soggy and the potato lumps had a strong nasty taste of olive oil. There are lots of other vegan shepherds pie recipes out there that are miles better. This one was not worth all the effort.
Jolene Khor
6th Sep, 2018
Was a little tentative about making this recipe after some of the comments but ended up giving it a go and loved it! Made a few amendments to the recipe such as an additional garlic clove, double the puree, double the paprika, substituted in lentils for the chickpeas and leaving out the peas and parsley. Everything else was kept the same and the dish came out rich, hearty, and filling - the porcini mushrooms and fresh herbs were definitely the stars of the show! Would definitely make this again!
6th Aug, 2018
delicious and pleased my omni family. hearty and filling :)


4th Sep, 2017
is this recipe freezable?
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6th Sep, 2017
Thank you for your question. We put our freezer information above the nutritional breakdown at the top of the recipe, where applicable. In this case, for best results, we recommend freezing the dish unbaked.
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Madalyn Mathews
10th May, 2020
A LOT of vegetables, you will need a big pan (we used a wok) but lovely. Even the non-vegans in our family loved it!
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