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Red Dragon Pie - a delicious savoury bean stew topped with potato this is the best vegan shepherd's pie

Red Dragon Pie

An easy recipe for Red Dragon Pie. This tasty, savoury meat free shepherd's pie is filled with leeks, carrots, kale and aduki beans in a herb and tomato savoury sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine English
Keyword red dragon pie, vegan shepherd's pie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 401kcal


  • 2 leeks washed and sliced
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 350 g carrots chopped into large dice
  • 250 ml rich vegetable stock (I use vecon)
  • 400 g can of aduki beans drained and rinsed
  • 400 g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 75 g kale, stripped from the stem and chopped
  • 1 tbsp thyme, finely chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 500 g potatoes peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter or margarine
  • 1 generous tsp dijon mustard


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/390F
  • Fry the leeks in the oil in a covered pan on the lowest heat for about 15 minutes or until really soft but not browned.
  • Add the garlic and carrot and fry for a further minute.
  • Add the stock and tomatoes and simmer, covered for about 10 minutes until the carrots are softening.
  • Add the aduki beans, thyme and kale and simmer for a further 5 minutes until the kale is just cooked. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Leave to cool a little and absorb flavours while you cook the potatoes.
  • Bring a large pan of water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and the potatoes. Simmer for about 10 - 20 minutes until the potatoes are fork soft. Drain well. Return to the dry pan add butter and mustard and mash until soft and fluffy.
  • Put the filling into an oven proof dish (I used a stoneware loaf pan), top with the mashed potato. Fluff the potato with a fork and bake in the preheated oven for 25-35 minutes until browned and crisp on top. 


Nutritional information is only an approximate guideline. Calculations will vary according to the ingredients you use and your cooking methods.


Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 1488mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 17931IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 5mg