Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

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Seriously flavorful Lentil Shepherd's Pie, seasoned lentils cooked with carrot and peas in a delicious sauce and topped with creamy and fluffy garlic mashed potatoes. Perfect for Thanksgiving or a weeknight dinner!

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie


Photos updated July 23, 2020. Last updated September 24, 2018

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After sharing my amazing Chickpea Shepherd’s Pie, I decided to share another amazing Shepherd’s pie made with lentils.

Lentils are earth and healthy and the perfect legumes for a vegan shepherd’s pie.

As we approach the colder months, comfort dishes like Vegan Mac And Cheese, and Broccoli Rice Casserole and are on my mind.

I enjoyed traditional Shepherd’s pie when I lived in England, I cooked it with ground beef and spices.

Now I substituted the ground beef with lentils and vegetables and must say my spice blend makes the most delicious Shepherd’s Pie recipe.

Recently I’m trying to include foods that contain spermidine in my family’s diet.

Lentils are packed with nutrients, they contain lots of protein (9 grams per 1/2 cup), but of my favorite health benefits lentils contain one of the highest amounts of spermidine, 250 g of spermidine.

Spermidine is a compound found in many plants,

Spermidine leads to better heart function and long life, it is found in higher concentration in the blood of centenarians. My easy shepherd’s pie recipe with lentils has a lot of lentils in it with lots of veggies.

Other Plant Sources Of Spermidine Include:

  • Soybeans
  • Leafy Greens
  • Green Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mango
  • Rice Bran

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How To Make Lentil Shepherd’s Pie?

This is definitely the best shepherd’s pie you will prepare.  It is easy to prepare, filling, hearty, comforting, protein-packed, loaded with vegetables and easy to prepare.

  1. Cooked potatoes in a pot of water.
  2. Boil potatoes, sort and wash the lentils.
  3. Cook the lentils with herbs, spices veggies, except peas and veggie broth until tender.
  4. Mash cooked potatoes with non-dairy milk, butter, and salt.
  5.  Stir in vegan cheese shreds.
  6. Scoop seasoned lentils into a prepared casserole dish,
  7. Spread the top with mashed potatoes.
  8. Bake the shepherd’s pie for 15 minutes, then broil on high until the top is golden

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 289 kcal / 1208 kJ
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Carbs: 42 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 50 min
  • Ready in: 1 h
  • For:
  • 10 Servings



  1. Sort and wash lentils and set aside, heat a large pot with oil. Add onions and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  2. Stir in celery, carrots, thyme, rosemary, parsley, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, tomato paste, Bragg's liquid aminos, lentils, vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, cover pot and reduce to simmer until lentil is tender about 25 minutes. Stir in frozen peas.
  3. Prepare mashed potatoes while lentils are cooking, stir in vegan shredded cheese. Scoop lentils in a lightly greased 9x13 casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, broil on high for 3 minutes or until top is brown.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Adelaide
    January 6, 2021


  2. Julie
    December 18, 2020

    Does the shredded vegan cheese get stirred into the mashed potatoes or into the lentil mixture?

  3. Chris
    October 15, 2020

    Made this dish a few times now. It’s so hearty filling and definitely comfort food. Good for cooler weather and of course with creamy mashed potatoes browned under the broiler for a few minutes it’s one of my favorite dishes.

    P.s. for some reason when leaving comments I can’t give a star rating.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      October 15, 2020

      Hello Chris, I’m so excited that you love this recipe and it’s a favorite. I appreciate your feedback. Ooh that’s strange that you aren’t able to leave a star rating, I’ll have to try and figure out why.

  4. Karen Coluccio
    September 21, 2020

    Can I freeze the lentil mixture.

  5. Vicki
    August 20, 2020

    I just finished eating a bowl of this amazing dish. It is so good! I can’t even explain how well these ingredients went together. I had lentils left and I can’t wait to eat them in my lunches this week.

  6. Diane Impastato
    August 14, 2020

    Make a bottom layer of sweet potatoes peel and slice sweet potatoes, brush with olive oil. Bake in 400 degree oven in 9×13 pan. When tender, layer all other ingredients and finish baking.

  7. LC
    April 26, 2020

    Truthfully, I’ve been disappointed in my prior attempts to make vegan shepherd’s pie so I was hesitate to try yours. I followed your recipe to a tee and loved it. I’ll be making it again and again.
    Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      April 26, 2020

      LC, I’m so happy you gave mine a try and you loved it. Thank you for sharing your feedback. I’m so grateful.

  8. Kim
    March 31, 2020

    This was amazing!! My family loved it so much, I made it 3 times in the last two weeks! Thanks for sharing the recipe 😊

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      March 31, 2020

      That’s awesome Kim, I’m so excited that your family loved it. Thank you very much for sharing your feedback.

  9. Emily
    March 21, 2020

    Amazing flavour, kids loved it and they are normally sceptical about lentils.

  10. Kim
    March 18, 2020

    Hi! Can I use canned brown lentils to make this?

  11. Jane
    March 7, 2020

    I made this last night and it was great. I used mashed cauliflower on top instead of the potatoes.

    March 2, 2020

    Hi Michelle,
    can you recommend a Vegan cheese to use. I’ve just begun eating plant-based food and would really love to make this for my family.

  13. Kathy Nuss
    December 25, 2019

    This is one of our favorites!

  14. Micheless Lawrence
    December 18, 2019

    What temp should I put my oven on?

  15. Sara
    November 26, 2019

    This was delicious! I will be making it again :)

  16. laura
    October 31, 2019

    I’m just about to make this but i do not see how many potatoes to use. My friend made this the other day and it was absolutely amazing.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 31, 2019

      Laura, click on where it says Garlic Mashed Potatoes and it will take you to the recipe for it. I’m so happy your friend shared it with you and you enjoyed it.

  17. Pat T
    July 28, 2019

    I made this today and it turned out great. Lots of great recipes on here for me to share with my family when they come to visit.

  18. Linda
    June 26, 2019

    Can I make this with red lentils please ? – also what are liquid aminos in the uk ? Thanks 🙂

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 26, 2019

      Linda I would prefer you to make it with even yellow split peas if you don’t have green, black or brown lentils, red lentils is so mushy and cooks very fast so you would have to adjust the amount of liquid used. Linda, I’m not sure if Bragg’s Liquid is sold in Tesco or Sainsbury so substitute it with soy sauce or Tamari. Hope this helps.

    • Aliyah
      April 8, 2020

      Can I used already cooked lentils from TJs?

  19. Chris
    January 17, 2019

    Made this recipe yesterday and it was ahhmazing!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 17, 2019

      I’m so happy you loved it. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  20. Noola
    October 5, 2018

    This is the best shepherd’s pie we have ever made. It is just like the traditional British recipe only better cos it’s vegan. We made it with plain mashed potatoes and it was still delicious. My picky 8 year old gave it 2 thumbs up! ?? We will be making this again. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 5, 2018

      Awesome Noola, so happy for your feedback. I’m so happy you enjoyed it, especially your 8-year-old.