Thanksgiving Vegan Shepherd's Pie

November 24, 2020

Sophia Gregg

Vegan Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have you got someone coming around for Thanksgiving dinner who is vegan? Or you’re vegan yourself and don’t know what to make to replace the main meat dish? If so, keep reading!

This recipe will show you how to make a vegan Shepherd’s Pie. You can also make roasted potatoes, green beans and vegan gravy as sides.  


For the mashed potato:
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 sweet potatoes

For the filling:
  • Oil to cook
  • ½ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp cumin  
  • ½ an onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 cups vegetables (I used broccoli, celery and carrots)
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ tsp sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ cup peas
  • 400g cooked chickpeas
  • 500ml water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 1tbsp water
For the breadcrumb topping:
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic


  • Stove
  • Medium-sized pot
  • Potato masher
  • Sieve
  • Cooking pan
  • Garlic presser (optional)
  • Baking dish
  • Oven


Making the mashed potatoes:
  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into medium-sized cubes.  
  1. Fill the pot halfway with water.
  1. Add the potatoes and a pinch of salt.
  1. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender (around 10 minutes).
  1. Drain the water from the pot.  
  1. Mash up the potatoes.
  1. Mix in the thyme, olive oil and a pinch of pepper.
Making the filling:
  1. Cut up the onion and garlic.  
  1. Set the stove to medium heat and add oil to the pan.  
  1. Add the cumin and coriander.
  1. Add the onion and garlic and cook for around 5 minutes.
  1. Cut up the vegetables.  
  1. Add the vegetables, thyme, sage, salt, peas, chickpeas and water. Cover and cook for around 10 minutes.
  1. Add the cornstarch mix.

For the breadcrumb topping:

  1. Cut/press the garlic.
  1. Mix the garlic, breadcrumbs, olive oil and thyme in a bowl.
Next steps:  
  1. Set the oven to 220°C
  1. Pour the filling into a baking dish, spread the mashed potato on top and sprinkle on the breadcrumb topping.
  1. Put the dish into the oven and bake for around 15 minutes.  
  1. Enjoy!

Hey! I'm not a chef or a professional nutritionist or any of that. I only started getting interested in food during lockdown! Before that, I DREADED preparing or cooking food, I was the BIGGEST procrastinator. I would rather not eat than prepare myself food. The bad thing about that was that I'm also highly against ordering food in or eating at junk food places, so when I say I would rather not eat, it meant I literally wouldn't eat. Miraculously, I've found a way to take time in my day to prepare delicious meals and I am and always have been, even if I was lazy about it, a firm believer that what you intake has a MASSIVE impact on your mood, motivation and energy. So, if you were like me, I guarantee you, all these recipes are definitely doable and relatively easy.

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