Recipe for Vegetarian Sheppard’s Pie

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This hearty and heart-warming vegetarian recipe is great for a family-style setting and is simple to prepare. It is a classic meal that brings to the table an opportunity for local produce, a flavorful entree, and a filling winter delight that is well suited for both vegetarian needs and carnivorous tastes.

sauce and veggies base
The sauce and veggies base
Vegetarian Sheppard’s Pie (6-8 servings)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Tomato sauce
  • 12 oz canned tomato puree
  • ½ Yellow onion, small diced
  • 1t Cumin
  • 2T Fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1T Sugar
  • 1T tomato paste
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  1. Sautee onions in a little olive oil until translucent
  2. Add tomato paste, sugar and cumin and stir for a minute
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes
  4. Season with salt and pepper and reserve for later
Mashed potatoes mashed potatoes
  • 2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into even size chunks
  • 3 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into even size chunks
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 8oz unsalted butter
  • Salt
  1. Cook potatoes in simmering water until fork tender
  2. Strain and puree
  3. Mix in butter and hot milk
  4. Season with salt and reserve
  • About 8 handfuls spinach
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  1. Heat the oil in a hot sauté pan
  2. Add spinach and sauté quickly until just beginning to wilt
  3. Season with salt and pepper and reserve


  • 2 large eggplants, cut into 1/2“ slices
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Coat eggplant slices with oil, season with salt and pepper
  2. Line on a sheet pan and broil until golden brown
  3. Repeat on both sides
  4. Cut into quarters and reserve
  1. Spoon the tomato sauce into a deep pan
    We squeezed the potatoes onto the sauce base but spooning works as well.
  2. Top with eggplant and spinach
  3. Cover with the mashed potatoes
  4. Heat in oven and serve hot
  5. *can be topped with parmesan cheese and/or breadcrumbs, and broiled briefly to brown top before serving
    finished product
    The finished product just before it goes into the oven.