Shepherdess Pie Recipe | Abel & Cole

Shepherdess Pie

Serves4-6 people
Shepherdess Pie

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

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layout 4 comments


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

Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 40 mins

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1. Fill a large pan with water. Sprinkle in a little salt. Scrub and peel the potatoes and cut into small bite-sized chunks. Slide the potatoes into the pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15-20 mins, till tender when crushed with a fork.
2. Meanwhile, peel the onions and finely chop. Peel the garlic cloves and crush or finely chop. Peel the carrots and finely chop. Pick the thyme leaves. Chop the tomatoes into small pieces.
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 and a pinch of salt and pepper. Fry for 5-6 mins, stirring occasionally.
4. Stir the soya mince into the vegetables. Drain the lentils through a sieve and rinse with cold water. Shake dry 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, 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 through a sieve. Pour in 200ml soya cream and sprinkle in a pinch of salt and pepper. Use a masher to crush till smooth.
6. Preheat your grill to medium-high. Spoon the cooked mince into an ovenproof casserole dish and flatten to an even layer. Scoop a layer of mash on top.
7. Slide the pie under the grill. Cook for 6-8 mins, till bubbling and a little coloured 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!