Sweet Potato Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Am I the only person who’s never had a real, authentic shepherd’s pie?

Last week, I figured that had to change, so I gave Pure Ella’s recipe a shot, but tweaked the amounts to serve three. My friend Mary saw me devouring sweet potatoes at lunch one day when she told me about this recipe that she made for her family at home (they strive for a mostly plant-based, whole foods diet).

Once she gave me the link, I knew I had to try this recipe ASAP!


Some sweet potatoes were boiled and mashed, and the “stew” part cooked up in a snap. I baked it in my roommate’s casserole dish and had enough for three meals! This was surprisingly filling, comforting, and oh-so-good. I topped it with scallions one day, black pepper another, and parmesan cheese on the last day.

Now, what should I do with the rest of the celery stalk? What are your favourite recipes that involve celery? I’m desperate to use it all up! πŸ™‚

Sweet Potato Lentil Shepherd’s Pie


Serves 3

  • 2Β medium-large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 cup sweet peas (frozen are fine)
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic corn
  • 1 large can of lentils (or 1 cup dried lentils, cooked: I cooked and drained 1 cup of red lentils)
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce (mine was low-sodium)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • grapeseed oil for cooking
  • 2-3 sprigs of green onions for serving
  1. Peel and cut the potatoes into chunksΒ (so they cook faster). Heat water in a large pot, and cook the potatoes in salted water.
  2. In a large pan, saute the chopped onions and carrots and cook until golden. Add the frozen peas and corn and cooked lentils and cover to cook for a few minutes. Add a bit of water if these veggies start to stick to the bottom of the pan. Add in the soy sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Keep covered, turn down the heat to low.
  3. Your potatoes should be boiled by now, drain and mash them with a potato masher. Taste and season with salt and pepper. You can add some milk for mashing.
  4. Scoop the lentil veggies mixture on the bottom of an oven-safe dish or ramekins (for individual sizes) and top with the mashed potatoes. Cover and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Washing and chopping the veggies was the only time-consuming part – after popping the dish into the oven, you’re good to go!


PS: Jack at Jack’s Balancing Act has a wonderful lentil sweet potato shepherd’s pie recipeΒ as well! She also suggests freezing a couple portions, which is a brilliant idea. πŸ™‚



27 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

  1. This looks delicious!! I love sweet potatoes and Shepherd’s Pie! I can’t wait to try this recipe for my sis, as her fiancee is Irish and we love a good Shepherd’s Pie :). Your photos are also beautiful btw!! Much better than mine hehe!

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      1. The name ‘shepherd’ refers to using sheep/lamb. A ‘cottage’ pie is a similar dish but made with ground beef instead. A lot of people misuse the term shepherd’s pie when they really mean a cottage pie.

        You can either use ground meat and cook it or shred/chop up already cooked meat to use in it. This one was made from a roast leg of lamb.


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      2. I had to look it up cause I wasn’t familiar with the term. I see kernel/cream corn are used in the pie along with ground beef. I was going to use carrots and corn in the shepherd’s pie I made but I forgot about the corn. There’s another French-Canadian dish that’s similar … tourtiere which is made with pork or pork and beef, and sometimes mashed potatoes are added to the mixture. It’s baked inside a pie crust (top and bottom) like a fruit pie.

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    1. Off to find a good jambalaya recipe! I would love something warm and spicy during these cold winter months. A salad just doesn’t sound appealing right now, but I have had GREAT salads with celery before! Thank you for the wonderful suggestions πŸ™‚

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      1. We were just throwing ideas out there really! Yes indeed, we love warm and spicy dishes too! We posted a jambalaya last year, but are currently revisiting the recipe! Good luck and happy cooking! πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow, what a healthy pie it is! Sweet potato is always my number one healthy food. I didn’t know you can turn it into a pie with other nutritional vegetables. You are so creative. Keep it up and make more delicious food to surprise me.

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    1. Mommy, you are so, so, so adorable. I know you love sweet potatoes – you like the white ones while I’m a fan of the bright orange ones. Maybe you can try this recipe out using ground beef for the family! πŸ™‚


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