Easy Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

By Rena |

This Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie is made with a creamy, flavorful vegetable filling topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. It’s a warm and cozy healthy dinner recipe that’s perfect for a chilly night. Plus it’s easy to make and very nutritious. 

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Today we’re sharing a healthy twist on classic comfort food. This easy Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie is packed with tender veggies that are cooked in a flavorful gravy, then topped with fluffy mashed potatoes and baked until perfectly golden and bubbly. Kids and adults alike will go crazy for this dinner any time of year.

Looking for more shepherd’s pie recipes? Try this Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie for a delicious fall version.

Why you’ll love this easy dinner recipe

  • It’s healthy. This shepherd’s pie recipe is packed with veggies and nutrients, plus Greek yogurt for extra protein. It’s just the nutritious dinner you need.
  • Hearty and filling. You can serve this with sides, but it is plenty filling to serve all on its own.
  • So delicious! You can’t beat tender veggies, creamy gravy, and fluffy mashed potatoes. It’s scrumptious!
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Ingredients you’ll need to make this healthy dinner

This is just a list of ingredients you will need to make Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. Full measurements are listed further down below.

Yukon gold potatoes
Full fat greek yogurt
Kosher salt and ground pepper
Olive oil
Shallots
Garlic cloves
Carrots
Fresh herbs (rosemary and thyme)
Fresh mushrooms
Tomato paste
Gluten free flour
Vegetable broth or stock
Frozen peas
Balsamic vinegar

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How to make Vegetarian shepherd’s pie from scratch

  • Make the mashed potatoes: Place the potatoes in a large soup pot and fill with just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, then drain. Add in the yogurt, salt, and pepper, and mash to your liking.
  • Cook veggies: Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet. Sauté the onions, garlic, and carrots over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Then add in the mushrooms and fresh herbs. Cook stirring occasionally until mushrooms start to slightly brown.
  • Finish gravy: Stir in the tomato paste and flour. Add the broth/stock little by little, stirring continuously until the sauce starts to form. Taste and season with salt and pepper, then allow the sauce to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until it fully thickens.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Assemble: Stir in the peas, balsamic vinegar and transfer to a baking dish. Spread over the mashed potatoes and bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly brown on top.
  • Cool and serve: Allow the shepherd’s pie to cool for a bit before transferring to plates. Serve and enjoy!
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Recipe Tips and substitutions

  • Potatoes: We used Yukon Gold for fluffy potatoes, but you can use russet or red potatoes instead. You may even use sweet potatoes if you like.
  • Veggies: We suggest using fresh mushrooms and carrots, but you can also add frozen carrots or additional veggies as desired.
  • Herbs: Fresh herbs add the best flavor in this recipe, but if you only have dried they will work.
  • Make it vegan: Substitute the Greek yogurt for a dairy-free milk substitute.
  • Add lentils: If you’re looking for more protein, try adding lentils.
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frequently asked questions

How long does shepherd’s pie last in the fridge?

Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave until warm or in the oven at 350 degrees until heated through.

Can you freeze shepherd’s pie?

You can freeze this Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie after baking or make it ahead and freeze right before you bake. Either way, allow it to cool, then wrap tightly in plastic and foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat, allow to thaw in the fridge overnight, then bake at 350 degrees until heated through, 20-30 minutes.

Can I substitute the potatoes in shepherds pie?

Feel free to use cauliflower mash instead of mashed potatoes for a low-carb option. Sweet potatoes will also work instead of white potatoes. You can substitute the butter in the recipe with olive oil for a vegan option.

What do I serve with shepherds pie?

This shepherd’s pie recipe is already packed with veggies. To make it a full meal, try serving it with a simple green salad, some crusty bread, or dinner rolls.

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Easy Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

This Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie is made with a creamy, flavorful vegetable filling topped with fluffy mashed potatoes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 -5
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Yukon gold potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 2/3 cup full fat greek yogurt
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 shallots minced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 4 medium carrots peeled and small diced
  • Fresh herbs to taste rosemary and thyme
  • 16 oz fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp gluten free flour
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or stock
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Place the potatoes in a large soup pot and fill with water just enough to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, then drain. Add in the yogurt, salt and pepper and mash to your liking.
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet. Sauté the onions, garlic and carrots over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in the mushrooms and fresh herbs. Cook stirring occasionally until mushrooms start to slightly brown.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and flour. Add the broth/stock little by little, stirring continuously until the sauce starts to form.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper; allow the sauce to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until it fully thickens.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Stir in the peas, balsamic vinegar and transfer to a baking dish. Spread over the mashed potatoes and bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly brown on top.
  • Allow the shepherd’s pie to cool for a bit before transferring to plates. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Potatoes: We use Yukon Gold for fluffy potatoes, but you can use russet or red potatoes instead. You may even use sweet potatoes. For a low-carb option, use mashed cauliflower.
  • Veggies: We suggest using fresh mushrooms and carrots, but you can also add frozen carrots or additional veggies as desired.
  • Herbs: Fresh herbs add the best flavor in this recipe, but if you only have dried they will work.
  • Make it vegan: Substitute the Greek yogurt for a dairy-free milk substitute.
  • Add lentils: If you’re looking for more protein, try adding lentils.
  • Storage: Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven preheated to 350 degrees until warmed through. 
  • Freezer instructions: Freeze after baking or make it ahead and freeze right before you bake. Allow it to cool, then wrap tightly in plastic and foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat, allow to thaw in the fridge overnight, then bake at 350 degrees until heated through, 20-30 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 1657mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 11123IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 4mg
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