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Vegetarian shepherd's pie

Recipe Information

Servings 6-8
Preparation Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 35-40 Minutes
Total Time 45-50 Minutes
Difficulty Easy
Main Ingredient Sweet Potatoes; Spinach
Category Vegetables
Meal Lunch; Dinner
Type Main Dish
Cuisine Irish
Cook Method Broiling; Saut�ing
Diet Low Calorie; Low Fat; Low Cholesterol; High Fiber; Gluten Free; Vegetarian


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 

  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 parsnips, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick

  • 2 stalks celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick

  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, halved

  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 

  • One 14.5-ounce can vegetable broth 

  • 3 cups fresh spinach or torn Swiss chard leaves (optional)

  • Pinch of ground nutmeg 



  • Preheat the oven to broil.

  • Add the sweet potatoes chunks and 1 tablespoon of the salt to a large pot, and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat, and allow the potatoes to simmer for 20 minutes or until they become soft.

  • While the potatoes simmer, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan. Cook the onions in melted butter for 10 minutes. Add the parsnips, celery, fennel, Brussels sprouts, parsley, black pepper, and remaining salt to the large saucepan and mix well.

  • Pour the vegetable broth over vegetables and increase the heat. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Mix the spinach or Swiss chard with the cooked vegetables, and stir the vegetable mixture until the leaves wilt. Remove the vegetables from the saucepan using a slotted spoon to drain, and transfer to a casserole or a 9-inch pie plate.

  • Drain the potatoes using a colander and return them to pot or large mixing bowl. Add the additional 4 tablespoons of butter and mash until smooth. Top the vegetables with the mashed potatoes, spreading evenly.

  • Place the pie into the oven and broil for 5 minutes or until lightly brown. Sprinkle with the nutmeg prior to serving.


Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories: 235 cal

  • Total fat: 9g

  • Saturated fat: 5g

  • Cholesterol: 26mg

  • Sodium: 328mg

  • Carbohydrate: 37g

  • Fiber: 8g

  • Sugars: 8g

  • Protein: 5g