Vegetarian Shepards Pie with Crab’s Eye Beans


for the topping

1½ kg potatoes
½ cup soured cream
1 tbs Vegeta or other vegetable stock granules or salt
4 tbs Parmesan or some other grated cheese
black peppercorns

for the filling

250g dry beans – I used crab’s eye beans (previously soaked overnight and cooked until soft), you can use 3 x 400g tins of ready beans (drained)
250g green beans (chopped) or garden peas
250g carrots (diced)
2 bell peppers (diced) – I used red and yellow one
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
2-3 onions (chopped)
2-3 tbs oil – I used grapeseed oil
2 cups of boiling water
4 vegetable cubes (10g each)
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic granules
1 tbs arrow root powder


oven proof dish – I used rectangular 23×27cm, 4 l Pyrex
2-3 large pots


Cook previously soaked beans until soft, leave aside.
In one pot cook potatoes in lots of water, drain, add soured cream, Vegeta and mash until smooth. Leave aside.
Dissolve vegetable cubes in 2 cups of boiling water.
In meantime on the bottom of another pot fry onions on oil, until golden brown. Add chopped carrots, green beans, peppers, cooked beans, oregano, garlic, cubes dissolved in water and chopped tomatoes. Bring to boil, reduce fire, cover and simmer until carrots and green beans are soft. Stir in arrowroot powder.

Transfer mixture into baking dish. Top evenly with mashed potatoes, scratch with the fork for stripy design, sprinkle with Parmesan and freshly ground pepper. Bake in the oven preheated to 200°C (392°F) until golden on the top.

Serve warm with some salad on the side.

Make 6 servings.

Your thoughts…

  1. My British mother-in-law makes shepherd’s pie with meat and baked beans. This sounds good, too! So comforting and warming.

  2. Mmm….looks good, nice and autumnal!

  3. What a great recipe and a gorgeous photo! This sounds scrumptious!

  4. Wow, what a lovely and comfort dish, specially for the kind of weather that you are experiencing here…

  5. oh for real, I’ve seen these and always thought they were pinto beans. Always learning.

  6. @Wizzythestick

    They are very similar to pinto beans, I have never seen dried pinto beans but it is said that crab’s eye bean skin is thinner, so they are cooking faster.

  7. Mmm, that looks like perfect comfort food! Why do I always read your blog when I’m hungry?
    Robyn x

  8. Fascinating, thank you so much! I spent my childhood in Yorkshire in the UK, and I’ve been trying to find a recipe for this delicious pie I remember eating all the time, but can’t remember what we called it!!! Do you know any famous pie recipes from Yorkshire?

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