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Vegan Pot Pie with Filo Crust

This vegan “chicken” pot pie is the perfect comfort food on a chilly fall or winter day. Instead of classic chicken, colorful broccoli, leek, mushrooms and carrots are simmered in a smooth and nutty vegan béchamel sauce and enveloped in a flaky phyllo crust.

A Slice of Phyllo Pot Pie with vegetables and mushrooms on a grey plate with a fork.

There is nothing quite like sitting down to a steaming plate of vegetable pot pie straight out of the oven on a rainy day. If you were ever wondering if it was possible to do a vegan pot pie, then you’re in the right place.

Why This Recipe Works

In this recipe, colorful veggies like broccoli, carrots, peas, mushrooms and leek are stewed deliciously in one of my favorite vegan béchamel sauces, complete with the gentle nutty flavor of almonds.  

I love how baked vegetables taste wrapped in dough, another favorite of mine is The Best Vegan Quiche! It’s a great way of enjoying broccoli, leek, or even zucchini.

One of the biggest hurdles to making a vegetable pie is the crust. Not many of us have the time to create a flaky crust from scratch. The great news is that in this vegan pot pie recipe we will be using filo pastry.

Filo (or phyllo) pastry is delightfully light, crispy and really easy to find in your local supermarket or on Amazon. It contains only compressed flour and water, so it is vegetarian and vegan friendly. You’ll find it often in the frozen food aisle.

It doesn’t hurt to buy more filo pastry when you’re out because you can always create amazing meals with this simple ingredient. One of my favorite filo recipes is this Turkish Borek.

Phyllo Pot Pie Next to a Knife

Is Filo Pastry Healthy? 

Contrary to popular belief, filo is not full of calories.

If you use spray olive oil, you’ll cover the sheets perfectly with barely any oil involved. It’s a great trick that I’ve found that helps reduce the fat. By using an olive oil spray every time you layer the filo dough, you’ll use about four tablespoons of olive oil.

However, if you use a brush, you’ll double the amount used.
Phyllo Pot Pie with a Slice Taken Out.

Can I Use A Normal Pie Crust?

Yes, you could choose to use a “traditional” flaky crust from the supermarket but then you’ll be getting a full stick of butter or more in there (about SEVEN times more fat!). And it would also no longer be vegan friendly.

Filo is a great alternative to butter filled flaky pastry AND it cuts all that extra fat.

Ever since I saw Jamie Oliver use this filo and olive oil technique, I’ve been doing my savory pies with filo ever since. It takes a tad more time but in the end, it’s way healthier.

The result is an extra flaky crust that perfectly holds the filling.
Vegan Pot Pie with a Slice Taken Out Next to Pea Sprouts and Mushrooms.

How To Make Vegan Pot Pie

Though making veggie pies may sound like a daunting task, it’s really very simple. This pie is one of my favorite vegetarian filo pastry recipes that always turns out delicious.

First, grab your frozen filo pastry from the freezer at least an hour before beginning.

Make The Filling

To begin making the filling, you’ll cut the veggies in small pieces and small florets. Make sure they are roughly the same size. Then cook the broccoli, carrots, leeks and mushrooms in a big pan with a bit of olive oil and salt, medium-high heat until softened for five to seven minutes.

Add the thyme and green peas in the end and cook for one more minute until warm.

Chopped Vegetables in a Skillet

Make The Béchamel Sauce

Next you’ll make the creamy béchamel sauce directly in the pan with the veggies.

All you have to do is add the oil and the flour over the veggies, mix, let it cook for a minute or two.  Then add the nut milk and mix until it thickens into a béchamel, about 2-4 minutes. You can add more nut milk to thin it up to your preferred consistency. Read about béchamel to see how thick it should be. 

Once the veggies are set in their creamy vegan béchamel, turn off the heat and add the almonds, the mustard, salt and pepper to taste.

Put this to the side and turn your attention to making the filo base.

Process shot on how to make vegan bechamel sauce.

Make The Filo Base

To begin with, grab a big piece of baking paper on a large working space. Having space is important as it will be easier to move the filo with the paper later on.

Add three slightly overlapping (length side) filo sheets for the base making a big rectangle.

Then spray or brush a light layer of olive oil and repeat the same process with three other sheets over the previous ones. Keep going until you have used all the filo.

By the end you should have a big rectangle of four layers.

Rolled phyllo dough for the pot pie.

Assemble The Pot Pie

Add the filo in the center of a baking dish of your choice (I use a 30 cm (12 inch) circular ceramic pan about 5 cm (2 inch) high) with the help of the baking paper.

Once the filo is well centered and pushed down into the pan, add the filling.

Cover the filling with the sides of the filo until it is well covered.

Give a last spray of olive oil and salt on top of the vegetable pie before closing it up with the baking paper. This step prevents the top of the pie from burning.

Process Shot on how to assemble Vegan Pot Pie.

Check out the video instructions for more details.

Do you have any leftover veggies? This is one of my favorite meal options for a quick vegan meal with colorful vegetables: Vegan Quinoa Fried Rice.

Bake It

Add a metal fork or any oven proof element on top of the baking paper to prevent it from going up.

Let cool for five minutes, and dig in!

Process shot showing how to bake the phyllo pot pie.

Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients for creating this amazing vegan pot pie recipe:

For the veggie filling:

  • 1 broccoli
  • 1 leek
  • 2 carrots
  • 200 grams or 7 oz frozen green peas
  • 250 grams or 9 oz crimini mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons thyme dried

For the vegan béchamel sauce:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 125 ml or 1/2 cup almond milk

For the vegetarian pot pie:

  • 260 grams or 9 oz filo sheets
  • 50 grams or 1.8 oz coarsely ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil spray

Ingredients for vegan pot pie on a blue background.

Serving Options

Vegan chicken pot pie can be served completely on its own, or paired with a simple, refreshing salad.

A great idea is to pair it with a nice comforting soup like this hearty vegan minestrone or creamy sweet potato lentil soup.

If you are making this pie for the holidays, a great side dish would be these roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash , quick pan seared balsamic glazed brussels sprouts or sweet potato casserole with black beans, kale and quinoa.

A great festive drink to serve with this healthy vegetable pie is German mulled wine (Gluhwein).

Top Tips

  • This pot pie is a vegan version of a comfort food classic chicken pot pie that is hearty and nutrient-dense.
  • If you are using frozen filo pastry, take it from the freezer at least an hour before beginning.
  • Serve it on its own, with a salad, soup (like this vegan zuppa Toscana) or with roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash or quick pan seared balsamic glazed brussels sprouts.
  • Store leftovers for up to 4 days in the fridge. To reheat, put it in the oven until heated through, for about 15 minutes. You can also microwave it but the bottom can get a bit soggy.
  • Use leftover filling for other recipes like this vegan quinoa fried rice.
  • If you have some leftover mushrooms, use them for these delicious vegan mushroom crostini.

    A Slice of Vegan Pot Pie with the Whole Pie on the Background.

Recipe Variations

  • Try different vegetables depending on the season, like spinach in the fall, asparagus in the spring, or zucchini in the summer.
  • For a non-vegan, more butter option you can use a traditional pie crust. Alternative, consider making this homemade vegan pie crust.
  • Experiment with adding other herbs for a subtle change in flavor. 
  • Substitute oat milk or any nut milk for almond milk.
  • Create individual pot pies by using smaller ramekins that you have on hand.
  • If you want more of a crunch you can use the slivered type of almonds or even slightly blend them in a processor.

Vegan Pot Pie Before Being Cut.

 

 

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Vegan Pot Pie with Filo Crust

This easy vegan pot pie is the perfect comfort food classic made with veggies and creamy vegan béchamel sauce enveloped in a flaky filo crust.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, European
Keyword healthy vegetable pie, vegan pot pie, vegetarian filo pastry recipes, vegetarian phyllo recipes, vegetarian pot pie, veggie pot pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 204kcal
$8

Ingredients

FOR THE VEGETABLE FILLING:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 leek
  • 2 carrots
  • 7 oz or 200 grams frozen green peas
  • 9 oz or 250 grams crimini mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons thyme dried

FOR THE VEGAN BÉCHAMEL SAUCE:

  • 1/3 cup or 80 ml olive oil
  • 60 grams or 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup or 125 ml almond milk see notes

FOR THE PIE:

  • 9 oz or 260 grams filo sheets
  • 1.8 oz or 50 grams coarsely ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray

Instructions

MAKE THE FILLING:

  • Take the frozen filo out of the freezer at least an hour before beginning.
  • Start by making the filling. Cut the veggies in small pieces and small florets. Make sure they are roughly the same size. Then cook the broccoli, carrots, leeks and mushrooms in a large skillet with a lug of olive oil and salt, over medium-high heat until softened for five to seven minutes. Add the thyme and green peas in the end and cook for one more minute until warm.

MAKE THE BÉCHAMEL SAUCE:

  • Make the béchamel (directly over the veggies). Add the oil and the flour over the veggies, mix, let it cook for a minute or two, then add the nut milk and mix until it thickens into a béchamel, about 2-4 minutes. You can add more nut milk to thin it up to your preferred consistency. Once the veggies are set in their creamy béchamel, turn off the heat and add the almonds, the mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Reserve.

MAKE THE FILO BASE:

  • Start by having a big piece of baking paper on a large enough working space (easier to move the filo with the paper later on). Add 3 slightly overlapping (lengthside) filo sheets for the base making a big rectangle, then spray with cooking spray or brush a light layer of olive oil and repeat the step with 3 other sheets over the previous ones. Keep going until you have used all the filo. In the end you should have a big rectangle of 4 layers.

ASSEMBLE THE VEGAN POT PIE:

  • Add the filo in the center of a baking dish of your choice (I use a 30 cm (12 inch) circular ceramic baking pan about 5 cm (2 inch) high) with the help of the underneath baking paper. Once the filo is well centered and pushed down into the pan, add the filling. Cover it with the sides of the filo until the filling is well covered. Give a last spray of olive oil and salt on top of the pie before closing it up with the baking paper. This step prevents the top of the pie from burning. Add a metal fork or any oven proof element on top of the baking paper to prevent it from going up.

BAKE IT:

  • Bake in the oven on the lower level, at 180°C (350F) for 30 minutes or until the filo is lightly golden. Let cool down for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

Top Tips

  • This pot pie is a vegan version of a comfort food classic chicken pot pie that is hearty and nutrient-dense.
  • If you are using frozen filo pastry, take it from the freezer at least an hour before beginning.
  • Serve it on its own, with a salad, soup (like this vegan zuppa Toscana) or with roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash or quick pan seared balsamic glazed brussels sprouts.
  • Store leftovers for up to 4 days in the fridge. To reheat, put it in the oven until heated through, for about 15 minutes. You can also microwave it but the bottom can get a bit soggy.
  • Use leftover filling for other recipes like this vegan quinoa fried rice.

Recipe Variations

  • Try different vegetables depending on the season, like spinach in the fall, asparagus in the spring, or zucchini in the summer.
  • For a non-vegan, more butter option you can use a traditional pie crust. Alternative, consider making this homemade vegan pie crust.
  • Experiment with adding other herbs for a subtle change in flavor. 
  • Substitute oat milk or any nut milk for almond milk.
  • Create individual pot pies by using smaller ramekins that you have on hand.
  • If you want more of a crunch you can use the slivered type of almonds or even slightly blend them in a processor.

Equipment

chef's knife
rubber spatula
skillet
ceramic baking pan

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3420IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 2mg
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Kitty

Saturday 31st of October 2020

Hi!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’m excited to make it for me and my friends today! At what stage do you add the thyme?? Thanks

Elena Szeliga

Saturday 31st of October 2020

Hi Kitty, I'm so excited for you to try this recipe! Add the thyme and green peas after your veggies are done and cook for one more minute until warm. Hope you enjoy this veggie pie! Let me know how it turned out :)

Lee

Sunday 9th of December 2018

I used your recipe as inspiration for a holiday gathering with friends. I made them entirely plant-based and changed things up a bit with the filling and I did them as individual pot pies. They were a huge hit! Thanks for posting the recipe.

Elena Szeliga

Monday 10th of December 2018

Hi Lee, thanks so much for your kind feedback! I'm glad you and your friends enjoyed the pies! Love the idea of individual pies <3

Dorcelin Mcatamney

Thursday 8th of November 2018

hi elena

i just made this without filo but used puff pastry. vegan daughter loved it. vegetarian hubby loved it too. me, the carnivore was also blown away. definitely will be a staple in my recipe box. thank you so much!

Elena Szeliga

Thursday 8th of November 2018

Thank you so much for your kind feedback! I'm so happy you enjoyed the recipe! Using puff pastry is a great idea!

Morgan

Tuesday 18th of April 2017

What are shredded almonds? Slivered or sliced?

The FoodOlic

Tuesday 18th of April 2017

Hey Morgan! It's up to you, if you want more of a crunch you can use the slivered type or even slightly blended whole almonds in the mixer. However in the recipe I've used sliced almond pieces, the kind used for cakes or croissants. Hope it answer your question. Thanks for the comment!

Christine

Monday 17th of April 2017

This vegetarian pie sounds really delicious - Love the addition of the tarragon!

Elena Szeliga

Monday 17th of April 2017

Thank you, Christine! Tarragon adds so much aroma and has a nice bittersweet flavor. Love it too!

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Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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