Some call it Shepherd’s Pie, I call it Cottage Pie, either way, this vegan cottage pie rocks!

In my continued pursuit of finding new vegetarian recipes, last week I attempted a vegan cottage pie.

Vegan cottage pie

Original recipe:


1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups uncooked brown lentils, rinsed and drained
3 cups vegetable stock
1 teaspoon dried thyme
250g frozen mixed veggies: peas, carrots, corn, etc

Mashed potatoes:
Enough sweet potatoes to form a layer on top of the filling
3-4 Tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Peel and then cut the potatoes into chunks, place in a large pot and fill with water until they’re just covered. Bring to a low boil on medium high heat, then generously salt, cover and cook until soft.
  2. Once cooked, drain, and using a masher or large fork to mash until smooth. Add desired amount of butter, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Loosely cover and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in 1 Tablespoon olive oil until lightly browned and caramelized.
  4. Add a pinch each salt and pepper. Then add lentils, stock, and thyme and stir. Bring to a low boil. Then reduce heat to simmer. Continue cooking until lentils are tender (about 30 minutes).
  5. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the frozen veggies, stir and cover.
  6. OPTIONAL: To thicken the mixture, scoop out 1/4 of the mixture and whisk in 2 Tablespoons cornstarch and whisk. Return to the pan and whisk to thicken. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  7. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius and lightly grease a baking dish.
  8. Transfer the lentils mixture to your prepared oven-safe baking dish and carefully top with mashed potatoes. Smooth down with a spoon or fork and season with another crack of pepper and a little sea salt.
  9. Place on a baking sheet to catch overflow and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the mashed potato is lightly browned on top.


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