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!

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie


Easy Lentil Shepherd's Pie

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 longer 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

Steps Lentil Shepherd's Pie

How To Make Lentil Shepherd's Pie

This is definitely the best shepherd's pie, it is so easy to prepare, filling, hearty, comforting, protein-packed, loaded with vegetables and easy to prepare. Cooked potatoes in a pot of water. While potatoes are cooking, sort lentils and wash. Cook lentils with herbs, spices veggies, except peas and veggie broth until tender.

Mash cooked potatoes with non-dairy milk, butter, and salt. Stir in vegan cheese shreds. When lentils are finished cooking stir in the green peas. Scoop seasoned lentils into a prepared casserole dish, top with mashed potatoes and bake for 15 minutes, then broil on high until top is golden. This is an amazing vegetarian shepherd's pie recipe.

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289 kcal / 1208 kJ
8 g
13 g
42 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

10 min
50 min
Ready in:
1 h
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.


Lentil Shepherd's Pie in a white casserole pan

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. Sara
    November 26, 2019

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.