Vegan Shepherds Pie Recipe

I’ve been on a bit of a mission recently to eat more vegetables. Since I’ve been tracking my fruit & veg intake in my bullet journal, I’ve noticed that some days I eat woefully little veg.

So, in my hunt for veggie rich recipes, I came across a recipe for a Vegan version of Shepherds Pie using lentils. The recipe I found looked fairly bland, so I decided to have a crack at making my own.

My colleague Mark has affectionately dubbed this a Farmers Pie, seeing as there’s no lamb, and although the lack of meat means it doesn’t taste like a traditional shepherd’s pie, it’s actually pretty delicious, even if I say so myself!

Gastronomic Gorman Vegan Shepherds Pie Recipe

Farmers Pie (Vegan Shepherds Pie)
Serves 4

100g green lentils
1 medium onion
2 medium carrots
2 ribs of celery
1 green pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
A few sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp chilli powder (optional)
100ml red wine
1 can chopped tomatoes
4 medium or 3 large sweet potatoes
2 tbsp butter
Salt & pepper
Can of baked beans (optional)


  1. Heat your oven to 200C/180C fan.
  2. If using dried lentils, cook according to packet instructions, but take them off the heat and drain about 10 minutes before the instructions state.
  3. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes, then set aside for later.
  4. Finely dice the onion, carrots and celery. This combination makes up a traditional mirapoix, but I also like to add green pepper, so finely dice that too.
    Gastronomic Gorman Vegan Shepherds Pie Recipe
  5. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and sweat the onion, carrot, celery and green pepper. You want the veggies to soften, but not brown.
    Gastronomic Gorman Vegan Shepherds Pie Recipe
  6. Next add the red wine. You want the flavour of the red wine but not the alcohol, so allow to cook for a few minutes or until the wine has reduced slightly
  7. Next add the can of tomatoes, thyme and chilli powder (if using). Stir well and allow to simmer
    Gastronomic Gorman Vegan Shepherds Pie Recipe
  8. While the vegetables are cooking, boil the sweet potatoes in salted water. You want them to be tender when you poke them with a knife or a fork, but not mush. This took me about 20 minutes, but check them after 10. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
  9. Once the lentils are nearly cooked, add them to the vegetable sauce, season and stir well. Add the splash of balsamic vinegar and remove from the heat.
    Gastronomic Gorman Vegan Shepherds Pie Recipe
  10. Add the butter to your sweet potatoes and mash until smooth.
  11. Now you’re ready to make this into a pie! I like to add a can of baked beans to the bottom of my Shepherds Pie, so I decided to do the same with this. You don’t have to, but if you like beans then I recommend it
  12. Layer the lentil mixture on the beans, then top with the mashed sweet potato
  13. Bake in the oven for around 10-15 minutes. You don’t want the top to burn, but you want to get the sauce underneath hot enough to be bubbling.
  14. Serve in big slabs with garlic bread and a green salad.

Gastronomic Gorman Vegan Shepherds Pie Recipe

Let me know what you think!