Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Published January 31, 2013 | Written by

Published by: Healthline Exclusive

Servings: 6
Total Time: 120 min

Prep Time: 30 min | Cook Time: 80 min


This is the classic Shepherd's Pie with its creamy cheese and potato topping, and saucy bean and vegetable base.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: approximately 1 2/3 cups
Calories per serving: 282
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.6g 10%
Saturated Fat 2.8g 14%
Sodium 417mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 46.0g 15%
Protein 12.0g 17%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1/4 pound low fat cheese
  • 5 medium potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/4 pound mushrooms sliced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can red kidney beans
  • 1/4 pound green beans chopped into 3cm pieces
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • Salt to taste

Step by Step:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  2. Wash, peel and roughly chop 4 of the potatoes and boil on high heat until soft. Drain the excess water and place the pan back on the cooker, but on a low heat. Add the butter and milk followed by a little salt and pepper to taste and mash the potatoes to a smooth consistency. Set aside.
  3. In a pan heat the oil, add the chopped onions and cook until soft or translucent. Add in the minced garlic, green beans, mushrooms and kidney beans. Allow the vegetables to cook for 4 minutes on medium heat. Now throw in the mushrooms and peppers and allow to cook for a further 4 minutes. Finally add in the tomato puree, black pepper and salt to taste. Cover the pan and allow the base to cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Pour the sauce into an 8 inch oven proof dish followed by the mashed potato. Spread the mash evenly to seal the base. Top the pie with cheese and place it in the pre heated oven for 40 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown
  5. Best served hot, with salad and gravy.