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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Farmer's Pie aka Vegetarian Shepard’s Pie is a Christmas Eve tradition at the Sproule house. This is an easy winter recipe to play around with, add your favourite flavours to customize it for your family! 


(makes for 8-10) 

1 cup french lentils

4 cups of water or broth (see Emily’s food waste broth recipe

1 bay leaf

Choice of herbs (I used rosemary, thyme and sage) 

1 cup walnuts

1 lb crimini mushrooms

1 cup yellow onion (chopped)

3 cloves garlic

1 cup celery stalks (chopped)

1 cup carrots (chopped) 

2 lbs yellow potatoes

salt and pepper

olive oil

1/4 cup whole milk

2 tbsp salted butter or vegan mayo


1. In a pan, sautée the onions and add celery, carrots and garlic.
Add herbs and bay leaves. Sautée for a few minutes. 

2. Add cup of lentils to the pot and 4 cups of salted water (or stock if you have it.) Bring to a boil with lid off and then down to a simmer until most of the liquid is gone and lentils are cooked.

3. Peel and chop the potatoes. Put in large pot and cover with water, add a pinch of salt and a splash of olive oil. Cook for around 10 minutes or until potatoes are just getting soft- don’t over cook. 

4. While cooking potatoes, chop and sautée mushrooms and roast walnuts on 300° for 10 minutes.

6. Strain potatoes and let them dry. Then put them back in the pan with some olive oil or butter on low- medium heat. Stir to warm up and get rid of moisture.

7. Now, make either vegetarian or vegan mashed potatoes.

Vegan Mashed Potatoes: 

Add sake kasu mayo for umami flavour and creaminess. If you have a favourite oat milk or vegan milk add a touch too. Avoid soy milk or coconut milk as it’s too sweet. 

Use hand blender or mixer.

Vegetarian Mashed Potatoes:

Add 1/4 cup or less whole milk and 2 tbsp golden ears salted butter. 

Blend with mixer or hand blender. 

8. Take walnuts and mushrooms and 2/3 of lentil milk and blend with hand blender or food processor so it still has a bit of texture/ mimicking a ground round/ veggie ground product. Mix back in with the rest of the lentils. 

9. Assemble an oven safe dish with the lentil mixture on the bottom, and mashed potatoes on top. Easiest to spread out with a fork. 

10. Make a festive decoration on top if you're into that. I prefer if it’s a bit rough looking. 

11. Drizzle with olive oil or place small amounts of golden ears salted butter on top.

12. Broil in oven for 10 minutes or or until top gets a bit crispy. 

- Claire Sproule is the Operations Manager at Jarr

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