This vegan shepherd's pie is comforting, healthy, delicious and really easy to make. You can also make it in batches to freeze and serve when you don't have much time to cook. We used lentils to make ours, but you could use chickpeas instead, if you'd prefer. Serve with fresh cilantro if desired.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
50 mins
1 hr 10 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Heat coconut oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add red onion, white onion, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, and 1 teaspoon cumin. Cook, stirring gently, until soft and tender, about 5 minutes. Add lentils, tomatoes, stock, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil; simmer filling until flavors are blended, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Place sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until softened, about 20 minutes. Drain water; add coconut milk and remaining 1 teaspoon cumin to the sweet potatoes. Mash until smooth.

  • Pour filling into a large baking dish; add the sweet potato mash on top and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is browned, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Honey can be substituted for the maple syrup, if you aren't vegan.

Nutrition Facts

465 calories; protein 19.5g; carbohydrates 82.3g; fat 8.8g; sodium 353.1mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
This is very satisfying! Sweet, smells & taste awesome, and great texture. I do agree with someone who said to cut back in vegetable stock. I had to drain it before pouring it into the baking dish. Also, used slightly less cinnamon and added 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Good for lunch and dinner! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I made this as per the recipe but added some grated cheddar cheese on top. I found it overall very tasty but the sauce a bit too runny. Next time I'll cut back on the amount of vegetable broth. I would also like to experiment with different seasonings, perhaps less cinnamon and adding something savory such as soya sauce or Worcestershire sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Used less water in the stock and made it in small oven casserole dishes - like in the photo. Excellent recipe for cool evenings - on our repeat list for sure. Read More