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vegan shepherd's pie

This vegan shepherd’s pie recipe was part of the Vegan It! series I created in collaboration with Chatelaine! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, mashed potatoes, shepherd's pie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
resting 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Lauren Toyota


mashed potatoes

  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • ¼ C vegan butter
  • ¼ C unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • ½ to 1 tsp sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ to ½ tsp ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika


  • 1 C finely chopped onion (about 1 onion)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 C frozen mixed vegetables, mostly thawed
  • 3 C veggie ground round (thawed overnight in the fridge if from frozen)
  • 2 tbsp vegan worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 C low-sodium vegetable stock


  1. To make the mashed potatoes, bring a large pot of cold water with the potatoes to a boil. Cook until tender and falling apart easily, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. You’ll need an 8" x 8" square baking dish.

  3. To make the filling, sauté the onion in a skillet with the vegetable oil over medium heat for 3 minutes until just softened.
  4. Stir in the garlic, thyme, sage, salt, and ground black pepper and heat through for about 1 minute.

  5. Add veggie ground round and mixed vegetables, and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

  6. Mix together the low-sodium vegetable stock, worcestershire, tomato paste, and cornstarch. Mix cornstarch with a bit of the liquid to make a slurry before adding to all of the liquid to prevent lumps. Stir well. Then add to the pan and stir for 1 minute as the liquid thickens. Turn off the heat.

  7. Drain the mashed potatoes from water and add back to the pot you cooked them in. Mash with vegan butter, nondairy milk, sea salt, ground black pepper, and chives until smooth.

  8. Add the filling to the casserole dish and spread out in an even layer. Then add all the mashed potatoes on top and use a spatula to spread it out evenly to the edges. Sprinkle with smoked paprika evenly on top.
  9. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. If the top is not getting golden, move to the top rack for another 5 to 8 minutes.
  10. Let the shepherd’s pie rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.