Vegan & Gluten Free Shepherd’s Pie

My best friend came to visit from Norfolk on Wednesday and she’s currently gluten free and avoiding dairy. Combine that with my vegetarian-ness and I suppose our dinner options seemed a bit limited. But earlier in the week, a couple from church had us over for dinner and they made a vegetarian shepherd’s pie that was delicious. I figured it would be fairly easy to recreate it while keeping it gluten free and eliminating dairy. I knew lentils were such a perfect way to make it more filling without meat, so this dish managed to meet all of our qualifications!

Also, it turned out to be pretty delicious.

shepherd's pie vegan and gluten free

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Vegan & Gluten Free Shepherd's Pie
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This twist on a classic favorite is perfect for the whole family!
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Serves: 6
  • 1 lb yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 large carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups cooked lentils (I used canned)
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 4 tbsp earth balance butter (which is vegan)
  • ¼ tsp salt (plus additional salt + pepper to taste)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes into large chunks, then add to a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Let it simmer until the potatoes are soft.
  3. While those are cooking, dice the onion and the garlic and cook over medium heat in the olive oil, in a very large skillet or saucepan. (You'll be adding a lot to it, so make sure it's decently large!)
  4. Chop the carrots and celery and add to the skillet.
  5. Let cook for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  6. Stir in the tomato paste and lentils.
  7. Add ¼ tsp salt.
  8. Remove the stems, then roughly chop the rosemary and thyme. Add to the skillet.
  9. Let cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  10. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and mash them with the butter.
  11. I did mine in my kitchen aid, but a hand mixer or potato masher would be fine!
  12. Spray a 13x9 size pan with non-stick spray and add the skillet mixture to the pan. Spread it out evenly, so you have an even layer.
  13. Top with mashed potatoes and cook in the oven for another 15 minutes.
  14. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper, if desired!

This dish looks a little more involved than most things I make, but the vegetable chopping went by quickly since I had Alexa’s help, and everything goes faster when girl talk is involved. It was nice getting to catch up in the kitchen while we cooked. We hadn’t seen each other for a couple of months and even though we do text each other almost every day, there is no substitute for catching up in person! Especially when it involves dinner…

gluten free shepherd's pieI will certainly be cooking this again soon! If you’re looking for a comfort food recipe that is still pretty healthy… definitely give this one a try!

Have your had any comfort food lately?



  1. I’ve been wanting to make a shepherd’s pie but haven’t gotten around to it–this looks delicious! It also helps when you have a friend to help 😉

  2. I love shepherd’s pie! Riley makes it a lot in our house with ground turkey. I’ve got a big craving for grilled cheese and tomato soup, so that’s the comfort food on my mind right now.
    Have a great weekend!

  3. Oh wow, that looks so yummy! I love shepherd’s pie. I haven’t had any comfort food lately, but thinking about making stovetop Mac and cheese for a New Year’s Eve potluck next week 😉

  4. Funny we both posted the meatless Shepherd’s Pies this week. Tis the season!

  5. I’ve always wanted to try Shepherd’s Pie but never have! I think it looks delicious. I wish my mom would’ve made more comfort foods like this while I was growing up. My dad is a meat + potatoes man and doesn’t like anything to ‘extravagant’! I know a regular Shepherd’s Pie is technically meat + potatoes but I’m talking the bare minimum of ingredients when preparing his food. Ha.

  6. Shepards pie is one of the best. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love this! Total comfort food! I’ve never even had Shepard’s Pie though! Ah!

  8. Looks delicious! I love shepard’s pie 🙂

  9. ooh it looks so good. my mom used to make this growing up, but definitely not healthy like yours!

  10. Bahhh, this sick kid WANTS IN on this! Comfort food is all I want now that I’m off the BRAT diet. 😉

    Can’t wait to see you on Sunday!!

  11. PINNING THIS! Can you find canned lentils in any regular grocery store?

  12. Lentil shepherds pie is the best! I have one on my blog but the recipe is much more complicated. I love how simple this one is yet it still looks amazing!

  13. Ooo you’re inspiring me to make a sexy variation on this! 😉

  14. Girl this looks amazing and yay for gluten free! I am totally going to try this! xxoo

  15. Looks tasty! I’ve never made Shepherd’s Pie and want to try it this winter.

  16. I love lentils and what an awesome idea to use it for shepherd’s pie! Big winner in my book – looks delicious and love that it’s gluten-free!

  17. This sounds like a lovely version of shepherd’s pie. I’m not vegetarian, but I like the idea of using lentils as the “base” – they have substance, but don’t overshadow the other ingredients.


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