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Easy Vegan Shepherd's Pie With Tofu

This Easy Vegan Shepherd's Pie With Tofu is a hearty and delicious dinner recipe made with pantry ingredients. Easily oil-free and gluten-free.
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 367kcal
Author Iryna

Ingredients

For tofu crumbles

For Shepherd's Pie filling

For mashed potatoes

  • 1 1/2 lb potatoes cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic pushed through the garlic press
  • 2/3 c almond milk
  • 1 tbsp Tahini or vegan butter* optional (see Note 2)
  • 2 tbsp basil or parsley chopped

Instructions

To make Tofu crumbles

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with a parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl combine Tamari, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder. This should form a thick paste. Finely crumble your tofu and coat into a paste. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes stirring halfway.

To make mashed potatoes

  • Add potatoes to a large pot of salted water and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, add garlic, almond milk and Tahini/vegan butter (if you decide to use it). Mash the potatoes until smooth.

To make Shepherd's Pie filling

  • Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan and over medium heat.
  • Add onion and cook stirring occasionally until it softens and starts to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for another 1 minute.
  • Stir in tomato paste followed by flour and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tofu, red wine and use a wooden spatula to scrape up any browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
  • Add Italian seasoning, broth, frozen vegetables, salt and Cayenne pepper. Simmer the sauce for 5 minutes.

To assemble

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Spread the Shepherd's pie filling on the bottom of a 1 1/4 qt (7.5" x 6") baking dish. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top and cook for 15 minutes. If you desire you can dollop a bit of Tahini or Vegan butter on top of mashed potatoes. This will help with the browning.
  • Turn to broil and cook for another 5-7 minutes until the potatoes are lightly golden.
  • Remove Shepherd's Pie from the oven, sprinkle with some chopped parsley or basil and serve.

Notes

Note 1
If you're GF, replace the flour with 1 tbsp of cornstarch.
Note 2
Tahini or Vegan Butter are used for an extra creaminess. They're not essential in this recipe. I tried this recipe with both ingredients and the difference in taste is almost unnoticeable. 
I also dolloped a bit of Tahini and Vegan Butter on the top of mashed potatoes to help with the browning.

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.6g | Protein: 15.5g | Fat: 18.1g | Saturated Fat: 7.2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 751mg | Potassium: 963mg | Fiber: 7.7g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 4mg