Shepherdess Pie

    45 min

    A healthy vegetarian version of shepherd's pie. This recipe is extremely versatile; add whatever sort of veg and beans you like. Vegetables never tasted so good!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 carrots, grated
    • 1 large courgette, grated
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
    • generous pinch dried mixed herbs
    • 1 (198g) tin sweetcorn
    • 1 (400g) tin butter beans
    • 800g (1 3/4 lb) mashed potatoes
    • 150g (5 oz) grated Cheddar cheese (optional)

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. In a large frying pan, sauté onion and pepper (I like to use half a red one and half a yellow one) in olive oil over medium heat until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in grated carrot and courgette, and cook a further 5 minutes. Add tinned tomatoes, purée, herbs, sweetcorn and butter beans and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
    2. Place vegetable mixture into a casserole or baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes to cover, and then sprinkle with grated cheese if using.
    3. Bung in the oven on 180 C / Gas mark 4 for around half an hour (until browned and bubbling at the sides). Serve on its own or with sausages.


    You can use the filling of this dish as a pasta sauce, or to fill tortilla wraps. It is also great for young babies; the whole dish can be mashed easily. It can be frozen before baking and just needs to be thrown in the oven directly from the freezer. I usually only freeze the filling and add the mash right before baking.

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    Excellent recipe. I've tried another similar one that uses baked beans, but this is much nicer. I think the key here is grating the carrot and courgette. I didn't have butter beans or sweetcorn so used tinned canellini beans and frozen peas. Next time I might try baked beans. Also I used a green pepper as that was all I had.  -  04 Oct 2010


    Used different ingredients. Didn't have any carrots or beans, chucked in a load of diced mushrooms instead! Lovely stuff. Oh, chuck a bit of worcestershire sauce in too!  -  22 Apr 2009


    Altered ingredient amounts. I added passata and fresh basil because I didn't have enough tomatoes or dried herbs and it worked out well  -  14 Apr 2009