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Lentil Meatless Shepherd’s Pie

Lentil Meatless Shepherd's Pie

Here is a comforting recipe for a veggie version of a hearty classic. This Lentil Meatless Shepherd’s Pie is perfect for lunches and busy evenings. The lentils in this pie provide a source of affordable and nutritious protein.

Lentil Meatless Shepherd's Pie

Lentil Meatless Shepherd's Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 large celery finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups green lentils
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp salt

Mashed potatoes

  • 3 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 –4 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add onion and celery and sauté until tender. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Add the carrots, lentils, pepper, corn, and water. Mix well.
  • Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and cook until the mixture is tender, about 35 minutes.
  • Add milk and season with salt and pepper. Add a touch of water if the preparation seems too dry. Pour mixture into a casserole dish.
  • In another pot, cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Mash with the milk and 3 tablespoons of butter. Season to taste.
  • Spread mashed potatoes on top of the vegetable mixture in casserole dish. Serve.
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    J C O
    July 1, 2019 at 3:00 am

    4 stars
    I followed this recipe closely and ended up with a YUMMY casserole dish full of gray mush. Next time I’ll use one less cup of water for the lentil mix, as mine was too watery, and double the potatoes so I can fully cover the top. I was bit confused by the celery measurement- is it ONE rib/stick of celery or a whole head? I ended up going with one stick since I’m not a huge fan of celery, but I’ll probably add more next time.

    Overall, the flavors are great but the presentation needs a little fine tuning before I’ll be taking it to any potlucks.

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    August 26, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Is the addition of milk in step 3 an error? It seems so since you don’s seem to cook after adding the milk. Thanks!

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