A delicious recipe for Vegan Shepherds Pie with mushrooms and root vegetables topped with pillowy mashed potatoes. A vegan main dish that is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or the holiday table! updated 11/2021 Video
Vegan Shepherds Pie with mushrooms and root vegetables- topped with pillowy mashed potatoes. A delicious vegan main dish -perfect for the holiday table. #sheperdspie #vegan
This healthy delicious recipe for Vegan Shepherds Pie involves no shepherd or sheep!  The rich and flavorful vegan stew is made with savory mushrooms and root vegetables.

It’s rich and deep enough for a full-bodied glass of red wine, and, depending on how you make it, can be rustic, or refined. It can also be adapted to include lamb if you have meat-eaters in the house or want to make some vegan and some with lamb for a holiday gathering. Very adaptable!

Or, for a more formal dinner like Thanksgiving, or Christmas, try elevating the vegan shepherd’s pie, by serving individual baking dishes, adding a little truffle oil to the mashed potatoes as we do in our catering business.  THE BEST!

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Vegan Shepherds Pie with mushrooms and root vegetables- topped with pillowy mashed potatoes. A delicious vegan main dish -perfect for the holiday table. #sheperdspie #vegan

 

What I love about this recipe!

The nice thing is, if you are having guests over, you can fully customize these, making some vegan, and if you prefer, some with chicken, lamb or beef because you can bake them in individual baking ramekins or dishes.

It is perfect for the holidays.

It’s also perfect after the holidays, using up leftover mashed potatoes, yams, stray vegetables, turkey or roast or whatever you have in your fridge.

The beauty of Shepherds Pie, is its ability to transform leftover ingredients into something new. Think of it as “re-purposing”!  You get the idea.

That said, here is my vegan version…but feel free to play around and add your own touches.

How to make Vegan Shepherds Pie

cutting potatoes for shepherds pie

Make the Mashed Potato Topping:

Quarter the potatoes and cover with salted water, bring to a simmer, and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.

boiling the potatoes

Drain, saving 1 cup of the potato water.

Drain the potatoes

Mash the potatoes.

mashed the potatoes with a potato masher

Add salt, pepper, vegan butter ( or olive oil) and vegan sour cream.

adding sour cream and butter to the potatoes

Whip until creamy!

creamy. mashed potatoes in a pot
While the potatoes are simmering…

Make the Shepherds Pie Filling:

Prep all the veggies: Dice the onions, garlic, celery, carrots, onions, parsnips, optional sunchokes and mushrooms.
Roughly chop the garlic.
ingredients in shepherds pie
Saute the mushrooms and onions.
sauteeing mushroms
Add the chopped veggies and continue stirring until just tender- al dente.
add the root veggies to the pan
Add beans ( or see notes for other options) and peas.
add beans and peas
Sprinkle with flour ( GF flour is fine too!)
sprinkle with flour
Heat up your veggie broth and add a little miso which will give added depth here.
heat broth and add miso
Then gradually add the veggie broth, creating a stew-like consistency.
add broth to the pan
Add a teaspoon of mustard and fresh parsley.
Add fresh parsley

Assemble the Shepherds Pie

Fill a greased 9 x13 inch baking dish, a large dutch oven, or use individual ramekins or large cast iron skillet, or whatever oven-proof dish you want to serve this in, with the filling.

Place in a baking dish
You can also divide it into individual portions. At this point, you can add cooked chicken, lamb or beef to some or part if you like, while keeping others vegan.
or place in individual ramekins
Place dollops of mashed potatoes over the filling.
Top with dollops of the mashed potatoes, then spread them out.
Then spread the mashed potatoes out to the edges.
spread out the potatoes
You can also use a piping bag and pipe the potatoes for a fun look!
shepherds pie, placed on top of a sheet pan to catch drippings

Bake the vegan Shepherds Pie

Place the Shepherds Pie on a sheet pan (to catch any overflow) and place in a 375 F oven until golden and bubbling, 20-35 minutes.
Baked shepherds pie

Serve them warm right out of the oven.

Vegan Shepherds Pie with mushrooms and root vegetables- topped with pillowy mashed potatoes. A delicious vegan main dish -perfect for the holiday table. #sheperdspie #vegan
Vegan Shepherds Pie with mushrooms and root vegetables- topped with pillowy mashed potatoes. A delicious vegan main dish -perfect for the holiday table. #sheperdspie #vegan
If serving this as a side dish, instead of the main course, you could try something like this.
Vegan Shepherds Pie with mushrooms and root vegetables- topped with pillowy mashed potatoes. A delicious vegan main dish -perfect for the holiday table. #sheperdspie #vegan

No matter how you serve the Shepherds Pie, in the end, you will have a rich deep flavorful stew.

Can Shepherds pie be made ahead?

Yes, you can make these ahead. Bring to room temp before baking.

Or make the Shepherds Pie in stages, making the stew ahead ( store it in the fridge) and potatoes on the day of, heating filling up before filling the baking dishes.

Vegan Shepherds Pie with mushrooms and root vegetables- topped with pillowy mashed potatoes. A delicious vegan main dish -perfect for the holiday table. #sheperdspie #vegan

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Vegan Shepherds Pie

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home Blog
  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Main, vegan, entree
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: English
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The BEST Vegan Shepherds Pie with mushrooms and root vegetables- topped with vegan mashed potatoes. A delicious vegan main dish -perfect for the holidays! Updated 11/2021


Ingredients

Scale

Mashed Potato Topping:

  • 3 pounds yukon gold potatoes, unpeeled (or russets, peeled), quartered or diced.
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, or vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup vegan sour cream ( like Kite Hill Sour cream)
  • 1 tablespoon truffle oil (optional but amazing)
  • 2 teaspoons  granulated garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/21 teaspoon nutritional yeast– optional!

Filling

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegan butter
  • 1 large onion, diced (or sub 2 cups leeks)
  • 1 lb sliced mushrooms (cremini, button, shiitake, portobello, chanterelles or a mix)
  • 1 1/2  cups celery, diced (or sub part or all fennel bulb)
  • 1 1/2  cups carrots, peeled, diced in small  1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2  cups parsnips, peeled, diced in small  1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans (or sub cubes of roasted sunchokes, cannellini beans, lentils, browned vegan “ground meat”, or seitan, etc.
  • 6 cloves garlic- rough chopped
  • 1 tsp salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves ( or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (or sub water plus 1/2 teaspoon Apple Cider vinegar)
  • 4 tablespoons flour ( or use GF flour)
  • 3 cups rich veggie stock, (see notes) warmed, mixed with 2 teaspoon miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian Parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Start with the mashed potatoes. Cut yukon gold potatoes, into halves or quarters. Make sure the pieces are similar in size. Place in a large pot, cover with an inch of water with 1 tablespoon kosher salt and simmer until knife tender about 20-25 minutes. Drain, saving 1 cup of potato water. 
  3. Make the stew: In a very large heavy bottom pot, heat oil over med heat.  Saute onions and mushrooms for 7-8 minutes (see notes), until fragrant, then add parsnips, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper stirring for 1o mins until carrots are al dente and mushrooms give off their liquid. Cook off the liquid.
  4. Deglaze with 1/2 cup wine, scraping up any brown bits.  Let simmer on med-low until carrots/parsnips are perfectly tender and wine has cooked off. Add the peas and white beans.
  5. Sprinkle the veggies with 4 tablespoons flour ( or use GF flour) and stir it for about 2 minutes letting the flour cook a bit.
  6.  Add 1 cup warm veggie broth to the pot, stirring until the stew thickens, then stir in the remaining broth a cup at a time, simmering, and letting it thicken.
  7. Add the mustard.  Turn off heat.
  8.  Taste for salt, and add more to taste, and more cracked pepper if you like too. Add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to brighten, tasting as you add. Stir in the fresh parsley.
  9. Finish the Potatoes: Place the drained potatoes back into the potato pot. Mash with a potato masher and add olive oil, vegan sour cream,  granulated roasted garlic, salt, pepper and optional truffle oil and nutritional yeast.  Add a 1/4 cup- 1/2 cup of the hot potato water to loosen them ( easier to spread).Whip them up until creamy with the masher! Taste and adjust salt and pepper.
  10. Assemble:  Scoop the filling into a greased, large 9×13 inch baking dish, or a large oven-proof cast iron skillet or dutch oven, or smaller individual-sized baking dishes, or ramekins. ***At this point you could divide your stew mixture – adding cooked chicken, lamb or beef to part of it for meat-eaters. (For example, I like my shepherd’s pie, without meat. My husband likes his with meat, so I divide it, adding cooked lamb to his portion. When having guests over, you could do half and half if you like.)
  11. Spoon the creamy mashed potatoes over the stew, or use a piping bag and pipe out the potatoes over the stew. If potatoes seem too dry to pipe, whip in a little more hot potato water to them and they will loosen up nicely. Drizzle the top with a little truffle oil.
  12. Bake: Place baking dish or individual pies on a sheet-pan to catch the drippings, in a preheated 375F oven and bake until bubbly and golden, about 20-30 minutes.
  13. Garnish with Fresh parsley or a sprig of thyme.

Notes

The filling can be made ahead and refrigerated (let it come to room temp before baking) and then assemble the shepherd pie before baking. I find making the potatoes the same day makes for lighter fluffier potatoes, but if in a pinch, assemble the whole thing ahead and refrigerate. Let come to room temp before baking.

Veggie Stock: I use 3 cups water plus 3 teaspoons of veggie bouillon paste, heat this up, and stir in the miso paste. This gives the stew a flavorful base.

Mushrooms: To elevate this dish, pan-sear the mushrooms in olive oil FIRST, season lightly with salt and pepper, cooking until they release all their liquid and let them caramelize a bit. Set them aside while you saute the onions and veggies, then add them back in with the wine.

The original recipe call for sunchokes– which add great flavor here, but can be hard to find. ( So I subbed white beans) If using sunchokes, wash well, no need to peel, cut into a medium dice and roast with a little olive oil salt and pepper in a 400F oven until a little crispy, first for the BEST flavor. Then add to the stew with the peas.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: -with White beans and Truffle oil
  • Calories: 288
  • Sugar: 7.9 g
  • Sodium: 745.1 mg
  • Fat: 13.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.1 g
  • Fiber: 8.1 g
  • Protein: 8.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. We made this for Thanksgiving 2022 as a vegan and gluten free main and my husband and son loved it! Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration from your newsletter!

  2. I have a son-in-law who is vegan and tried this out on him yesterday. The addition of some shiitake mushrooms was a huge hit with all of us, otherwise the recipe is excellent and incredibly tasty. It does take about an hour to make or more, but worth the effort. I wondered about adding some leeks next time I do this as he’s always had considerably to flavour.

  3. Wow! Amazing! I think I’m going to make this again on a Christmas Eve. I was worried about a lack of flavor after reading some reviews so I made some modifications up front that I ended up liking but it made it vegetarian. I used unsalted real butter, real sour cream, and impossible ground beef. I used truffle infused olive oil because that’s all I could find. I browned the mushrooms by themselves first as you suggested. I added a TBSP of rosemary to the filling and added about 2 tsp of thyme to the potatoes. I did have a hard time with the filling thickening and had to add about 1-2 TBSP more flour, I don’t know why that was. Anyways, thanks for your wonderful recipes!

  4. I made this for dinner tonight and it was spectacular! I followed the recipe as close as possible. I read previous reviews about this recipe being bland and decided to change my usual up a bit. I use my homemade veggie stock for everything but chose to buy the better than bouillon and give it a go. It was fantastic! It opened my eyes to better uses for both homemade and store bought stock/bouillon. Thanks for another fantastic recipe and for the insight on using stocks and boullions in different ways.
    Feasting at home never steers me wrong!

  5. Best Shepherd’s Pie I’ve ever made. (I added tarragon because I love the way it goes with potatoes.)

  6. I made this just now and found the filling to be a bit bland so I added a butt ton of seasonings to it, namely garlic powder, italian seasoning, paprika and cayenne pepper, lawry’s seasoning salt and about twice as much dijon mustard and also more than a few drops of the ACV. It tasted a lot more flavorful after that. I also used almond milk instead of the potato water and topped the potatoes with some vegan gouda cheese. I’ll comment back after we eat it tomorrow and tell you how it went. Thanks for the recipe though I pretty much live on your website for my vegan fancy dinners for guests.

    1. Appreciate you sharing your adaptions here- very helpful Chrissy! Let us know what you thought of the finished dish.

      1. DELICIOUS! It was very, very tasty! That truffle oil really made the potatoes! I forgot to add that I did sub the soy meat crumbles over the white beans. Really couldn’t tell it wasn’t meat! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will make again!

  7. Unfortunately, this recipe lacked much flavour. I followed the recipe quite closely but substituted yellow mustard for dijon and did not have truffle oil. Did not add any meat vegan meat, and it just did not taste like much. If I did it again, would definitely add some seasoned tofu or vegan meat.

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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