For a quick and delicious weeknight (or any night really) dinner, try this easy vegetarian pot pie recipe. I personally love all kinds of pot pies and think it’s the ultimate comfort food. I love the creamy filling and flaky, buttery crust. Here is one of my favorite versions of a meatless pot pie.
I used store-bought puff pastry which is a life saver, but hopefully one day I’ll be able to make my own using whole wheat flour. For the filling I like to use a variety of vegetables but add in your favorites. During the summer months I use fresh corn and if I want more greens in my pot pie, I throw in some broccoli florets. For this recipe I made individual ramekins (I used 4.5-inch ramekins from Amazon) but feel free to make one whole pot pie, it will still taste delicious!
Vegetable Pot Pie Recipe
1-2 garlic cloves, diced
1 large shallot, diced
2 small leeks, sliced
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 cup diced potatoes
2 cups diced crimini mushrooms
2 heaping tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
a splash of cream
2 teaspoons fresh or dried thyme
2 teaspoons fresh or dried parsley
1/2 cup frozen peas
salt and pepper, to taste
1 sheet of store-bought puff pastry, defrosted if frozen
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat and add garlic, shallots, leeks, carrot, and celery. Cook until shallots are translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add potatoes and mushrooms, then season with salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms reduce, about 5-6 minutes.
Sprinkle flour over vegetables. Stir to coat and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in broth and cream and mix until smooth. Bring soup to a simmer and cook for about 5-6 minutes, until slightly thickened. Turn heat off and stir in herbs and frozen peas. Season with salt and pepper, if needed.
To prepare pot pies I used Nigella Lawson’s method: Cut a 1/2-inch strip of puff pastry dough. Dampen edges of 2-3 large ramekins with water and curl pastry strips around the top of the pots. Fill each pot with the vegetable filling. Cut circles bigger than the top of each pie-pot for the lid. Dampen the tops of the pastry strips and top each pie sealing the edges with a fork. Prick with your fork or add slits in the top of each pie to vent. Cook the pot pies for about 20 minutes, until tops are golden brown and puffed. Cool for a few minutes before serving.
Note: If you don’t have ramekins, use an 8×8 baking dish for one whole serving of pot pie. Cut puff pastry dough to fit over baking dish.
Total Time: 45-55 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
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