vegan shepherdess pie, butterban mash, lentils

Vegan Shepherdess Pie with Creamy Potato & Butterbean Mash

The Balanced Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes



  • 300 g green lentils rinsed well under cold water
  • 1 small brown onion skin removed, diced
  • 1 stick celery washed, diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 medium sweet potato peel, diced small
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 small red bell pepper centre removed, chopped chunky
  • 1 handful spinach fresh or frozen
  • 3 tbsp vegan Worcester Sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 500 mls vegetable stock
  • 1 pinch salt & pepper to season


  • 300 g white potatoes peeled, diced
  • 1 tin butterbeans rinsed, drained
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 splash plantbased milk


  • Begin by adding the onion, celery, garlic, sweet potato, carrot and red pepper to a large pan, with a dash of oil and cook on a low setting for 10 minutes to soften.  Ensure a lid is secured tightly to retain all the heat and steam.
  • Once the contents of the pan have cooked for 10 minutes, add the lentils, stock, Worcester sauce, parsley, thyme and seasoning, give everything a good stir to combine and bring to the boil.  Leave to simmer for up to 40 mins as per packet instructions.  
  • While the lentils are cooking, prepare the topping.


  • Place the potatoes in a pan, top with water and bring to the boil.  Turn down the heat to simmering point and leave the potatoes to cook for about 20 minutes, until soft.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the water, add the butterbeans and the milk a splash of olive oil and salt then mash until smooth and creamy.
  • Once both the filling and topping have cooked/been prepared, add the spinach to the filling pan and stir through then add the filling to a suitable sized casserole dish, then add the topping using a spoon to smooth over.  Place the casserole dish in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes until the potato starts to crust on top.
  • Serve immediately with extra vegetables of your choice.
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