Vegan Shepherd's Pie

 

A warming vegan supper with porcini mushrooms, leeks, carrots, butternut squash and plenty of herbs, topped with crispy potatoes - it's low calorie, low fat and perfect for when the nights draw in

What you will need

1.2kg floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper or King Edward

50ml vegetable oil

30g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 15 mins, then drained (reserve the liquid)

2 large leeks, chopped Leek lee-k Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

2 small onions, chopped Onion un-yun Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

4 medium carrots (about 300g), cut into small cubes Carrot ka-rot The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

1 vegetable stock cube (make sure it's vegan - we used Kallo)

3 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbsp tomato purée

2 tsp smoked paprika Paprika pa-preek-ah A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes

½ small pack marjoram or oregano, leaves picked and roughly chopped

½ small pack thyme, leaves picked Thyme This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

½ small pack sage sage, leaves picked and roughly chopped Sage sa-age Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…

4 celery sticks, chopped

400g can chickpeas

300g frozen peas

300g frozen spinach Spinach spin-atch Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

20ml olive oil Olive oil ol-iv oyl Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

small pack flat-leaf parsley, chopped

tomato ketchup, to serve (optional)

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