Vegan Shepherds Pie

I fully admit, the one you see here was not vegan, it wasn’t even vegetarian, I couldn’t resist finely slicing a couple of leftover sausages and I don’t imagine the red wine was vegan. Those things aside, it’s totally vegan..

This recipe is a bastardised Jamie Oliver, as most of mine are!



For two hungry people

3 or 4 celery sticks

couple of small peppers of any colour

two parsnips

3 carrots

handful of mushrooms

large red onion

large slug of red wine

stock/gravy granules

tin of chickpeas

for the topping:

white potatoes and sweet potatoes, enough to make mash to cover the top

two rosemary sprigs

stale end of bread

teaspoon of oil

parmesan or little bit of cheese


Firstly chop up all your veg and sauté lightly in a oven transferable cooking pot for about 15 minutes until soft. You want all the flavours to be released. Add in the tin of chickpeas, juice and all, this will be like the meat to you dish.  Then get the pot nice and hot before adding the red wine (the more the better). Cook of all the alcohol off and add enough boiling stock to cover the vegetables ( I used some gravy granules this time and it was delicious). This can be then put into the oven for 40 minutes on roughly 150.

The potatoes can be peeled, chopped and boiled until soft and mashed together. You’ll notice I didn’t mash mine this time, this was because my bag of sweet potatoes had gone squidgy so I didn’t have enough, I thinly sliced and layered instead, which was just as nice!

Whilst the potatoes are boiling, put a tbsp. of oil into a blender followed by some salt, the rosemary leaves, the ripped up stale bread and some cheese. Blitz it until you get fine breadcrumbs.

Transfer the vegetables to a pie dish and leave to cool slightly (otherwise the mash wont hold on the top) before spooning on  the mash generously and topping it with the breadcrumbs. This should now need warming through for 20 minutes or until it’s piping hot and the crust is golden.

I was so eager to eat I forgot to photograph it fresh out of the oven and I don’t think I will win any prizes for food photography!

Serve with some seasonal vegetables or just bowl it up and have it on it’s own. Enjoy!

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