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Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Mushroom and Walnut Gardener’s Pie with Butternut Squash Topping

  • Author: Jewish Food Hero Kitchen


Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 90 minutes
Serves: 6-8


Good knife

Large frying pan
Measuring cups and spoons
Baking sheet
Parchment paper
Medium mixing bowl
Potato masher
Large casserole pan


  • 1 small butternut squash, sliced lengthwise and deseeded
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium leeks, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 lb. (450 g) mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 red chili pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white miso paste (or 1 tablespoon of almond butter)
  • 3 cups (225 g) cooked lentils
  • ½ cup (125 ml) vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 3 oz. (90 g) walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup (125 ml) unsweetened oat milk (or almond or rice milk), warmed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C) degrees.

  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and lay the two butternut squash halves, cut-side-down, onto the baking sheet. Place the squash into the oven to roast until fork tender, around 30-40 minutes.

  3. While the butternut squash is roasting, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the leeks and carrots; season with a fat pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables become slightly soft, around 3-4 minutes.

  4. Add in the mushrooms and season with another small pinch of salt to draw out the water from the mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the water from the mushrooms cooks down, around 5-7 minutes.

  5. Add in the chili pepper, garlic, and thyme; cook for another minute or until the garlic becomes really fragrant. 

  6. Add in the miso, lentils, broth, soy sauce and and walnuts; season with another pinch of salt and pepper. Let the mixture bubble away until everything is nicely warmed through and slightly thickened, around 6-8 minutes.

  7. Once the butternut squash is fork-tender, discard the peel and transfer the warm flesh into a medium mixing bowl. Add in the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil and the warm oat milk; mash with a potato masher until a smooth puree forms.

  8. Transfer the mushroom and lentil mixture into a large casserole pan and top with the butternut squash puree. Place in the oven to bake until the pie becomes bubbly around the edges and the puree topping turns lightly golden-brown around the edges, around 10-15 minutes. 

  9. Leave to cool for a few minutes before serving.

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