You’re going to love this meatless take on the classic Shepherd’s Pie! It’s just like the original except vegetarian with lentils instead of ground meat. It’s still so delicious, filling, and ridiculously comforting!

vegetarian pot pie with fresh mashed potatoes on top and fork indentions all in the top. Inside of a purple skillet and sitting on a marble board. A scoop is being taken out and you can see all the veggies on the inside of the pie

Are you ready for all of the best comfort foods that life has in store? Like a little Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. Bring it on!

I’ve been VERY MUCH into easy, well-round, one pot type meals lately and this recipe totally fits that bill.

vegetarian pot pie with fresh mashed potatoes on top and fork indentions all in the top. Inside of a purple skillet and sitting on a marble baord

This dish is a traditional shepherd’s pie recipe except that I swapped the meat with lentils to make it veggie loaded and fully meat free. So, it’s still packed with protein AND veggie goodness. Winner winner veggie dinner!

lentil shepherd's pie covered in mashed potatoes and a scoop sitting on a light blue plate

How to Make Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Start by boiling your potatoes.

While those cook, prep the veggies. Saute the onion, carrot, and parsnips in a large skillet. Add in the garlic before mixing in more veggies, herbs and some other yummy flavors!

We’re also going to add in cooked lentils for a nice boost of protein and extra comfort :)

cooked lentils and sauteed veggies inside of a purple skillet with a wood spoon on the side

When the potatoes are done, they’ll get mashed up with a bit of butter, milk, and salt and pepper. The mashed potatoes are piled on top of the veggies and roughed up a bit so that they can get browned along the edges.

So easy, right?? Your weeknight is longing for this easy dinner, trust me!

vegetarian pot pie with fresh mashed potatoes on top and fork indentions all in the top. Inside of a purple skillet and sitting on a marble baord

More vegan dinner recipes to try:

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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 ½ pounds of russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 6 tablespoons of butter, divided
  • 1 cup of parsnips, diced (can sub in more of the other veggies if you can’t find parsnips)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme
  • 1 cup of cooked lentils
  • ¼ cup of milk


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water and sprinkle in a teaspoon of salt. Bring the water to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the potatoes are fork tender (about 20 minutes).
  3. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add in the onion, parsnips, and carrots and saute for 8 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  4. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  5. Add in the corn, peas, rosemary, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, veggie broth, and tomato paste and stir to combine. Gently fold in the cooked lentils. Take off of the heat. If baking the pie in a separate dish (I made mine directly in the skillet used to cook the veggies), place the veggie mixture in the dish now.
  6. Once the potatoes are done, drain and add into a large bowl with 4 tablespoons of butter. Mash the potatoes until creamy and a few small chunks remain. Stir in the milk and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Arrange the mashed potatoes on top of the veggie mixture. Using a fork, rough up the potatoes a bit so that there are some peaks. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and until the potatoes have started to brown a bit.
  8. If you want to get the top a bit browner, similar to in my photos, turn the oven to broil for a few minutes before taking it out of the oven. Watch it VERY closely as every broiler is different and it can burn quickly.
  9. Top with fresh herbs and ENJOY!
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: vegetarian, healthy, veggies, pie, savory