Shepherdess Pie Recipe | Abel & Cole

Shepherdess Pie

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Serves4-6 people
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Shepherdess Pie

An Abel & Cole vegan friendly riff on the traditional hearty lamb favourite. Soya mince and lentils are bubbled into a rich sauce, then topped with creamy mash and grilled till golden.

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layout 4 comments


  • Sea salt
  • 1kg potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • A handful of thyme, leaves only
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 vine tomatoes
  • 400g soya mince
  • 2 x 400g tins of green lentils
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 200ml boiling water
  • 4 tbsp worcester sauce
  • 200ml soya cream

Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 50 mins

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1. Fill a large pan with water. Sprinkle in a little salt. Scrub and peel the potatoes then chop them into small, bite-sized chunks. Slide the potatoes into the pan, set on a high heat and bring to the boil. Pop on a lid. Simmer for 15-20 mins till tender when crushed with a fork.
2. Meanwhile, peel the onions and finely chop them. Peel and crush the garlic. Peel the carrots and finely chop them. Pick the thyme leaves off their stems.
3. Pour 1 tbsp oil into a pan and bring to a medium heat. Slide in the chopped onions, carrots and garlic. Sprinkle in the thyme leaves with a pinch of salt and pepper. Fry for 5-6 mins, stirring occasionally. Fill and boil the kettle. Roughly chop the tomatoes.
4. Stir the soya mince into the vegetables. Drain the lentils and tip into the pan. Slide in the tomatoes. Crumble in the stock cube. Pour in 200ml boiling water and 4 tbsp worcester sauce. Stir well to combine, pop on a lid and bring to the boil. Reduce the temperature to a simmer and cook for 20 mins, stirring occasionally.
5. When the potatoes are tender, drain well, then tip back into the pan. Pour in the soya cream and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Use a masher to crush till smooth.
6. Preheat your grill to medium-high. Spoon the cooked mince and lentils into an ovenproof pie or casserole dish. Spoon a layer of mash on top.
7. Slide the pie under the grill. Cook for 6-8 mins, till bubbling and a little golden on top. Spoon piles of the shepherdess pie onto plates and serve.
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Great flavour from the Worcester Sauce - also, I used chopped mushrooms instead of the vege mince and the substitution worked really well. Highly recommend!



Loved this pie, easy to make and delicious. Interested to see that it can be cooked ahead and then heated in the oven.


Tasty! Really liked the Sojade mince (not had this one before and the texture is lovely and soft). I would use double the amount of potatoes the recipe recommends and maybe for children replace the Worcester sauce with gravy (lighter taste).



I made half quantities with one pack of Sojade soya mince plus I used a spoon or two of veggie gravy granules to make a gravy instead of the Worcester sauce and added a blob of marmite instead as that is what I had in my pantry. It's easy to make in advance and then bake in a moderate oven for 30-45 mins - let it sit for a few minutes before serving. Half quantity still made enough for 2 plus left overs for another day. Served with some steamed Brussels - Yum!