Creamy vegetarian pot pie

This creamy vegetarian pot pie is the ultimate dinner recipe. Filled with fresh vegetables, creamy cheese sauce and topped with puff pastry, it’s the meatless meal you’ve been dreaming about.

Creamy vegetable pot pie

Pot pie is a comfort food classic. There’s just something about creamy filling topped with golden, flaky pastry. Even though chicken pot pie is a go-to for most, this vegetable pot pie has quickly become our family favorite. It’s made with vegetables most homes have regularly and requires minimal prep. We love it as a warming family dinner but it makes an excellent side dish when feeding a crowd too.

Ingredients needed

  • Onions.
  • Leeks. 
  • Carrots.
  • Broccoli. 
  • Frozen peas. 
  • Butter. 
  • Flour. 
  • Milk. Vegetable broth or stock can also be used.
  • Salt & pepper. 
  • Nutmeg. 
  • Cayenne pepper. 
  • Paprika. 
  • Grated cheese. I used a sharp/mature cheddar but any cheese of your choice will work.
  • Puff pastry. Any pie crust can be used.
  • Egg.

How to make vegetarian pot pie

  1. Cook the vegetables: Set a large skillet or pan over medium heat. Saute onion, leeks and carrots in a tablespoon of olive oil until soft and starting to caramelize. Add broccoli florets and frozen peas. Add a splash of water and cover with a lid. Allow to cook until the broccoli is just cooked (pierce the stem with a sharp knife to see if it’s soft). Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Make the cheese sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan then whisk in flour to make a roux. Pour in milk or stock and whisk until smooth. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer until the sauce is thick and smooth. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and paprika. Remove from the heat then stir in the grated cheddar cheese. Pour the sauce over the cooked veggies and mix. Transfer the filling to a baking dish or individual dishes if you want to make mini pot pies. Cover with a sheet of thawed puff pastry. Crimp the edges, make a few slits into the surface of the pastry to act as vents then brush with egg wash.
  3. Bake: Place in a preheated oven and allow to bake for 20-30 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and puffed. Remove from the oven, allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Creamy vegetable pot pie

What other vegetables can I use?

  • Mushrooms.
  • Celery.
  • Cauliflower.
  • Butternut squash.
  • Pumpkin.
  • Potato.
  • Spinach.
  • Kale.
  • Green beans.
  • Peppers.
  • Thyme.
  • Oregano.
  • Sage.

Can you freeze pot pies?

Yes, pot pie freezes very well. Assemble the pot pies in freezer safe containers or foil containers. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the pastry then cover well with foil. Freeze for up to 3 months and bake directly from frozen (uncovered) for 30-40 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp and the filling is hot and bubbling. If the pastry is browning too quickly, loosely cover with foil then continue baking.

Golden brown puff pastry on creamy vegetable filling.

What to serve with pot pie

Pot pie is usually a meal on its own for our family but adding side dishes are a great idea. Mashed potatoes (or mashed sweet potatoes) or a simple green salad are great side dishes but dinner rolls will also be delicious to mop up the creamy sauce.

  1. Garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes
  2. Easy side salad with lemon dressing
  3. Maple butter mashed sweet potatoes
  4. Easy garlic butter dinner rolls

Creamy vegetable pot pie

Pot pie recipes

  1. Steak and mushroom pot pie
  2. Creamy mushroom pot pie
  3. Easy Weekday chicken pot pie
  4. Leftover turkey pot pie
Creamy vegetable pot pie

Creamy vegetarian pot pie

This creamy vegetarian pot pie is the ultimate dinner recipe. Filled with fresh vegetables, creamy cheese sauce and topped with puff pastry.
4.38 from 313 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetable pot pie, Vegetable pot pie recipe, Vegetarian pot pie
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 8


For the vegetables

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 leeks washed and finely chopped
  • 4 medium carrots peeled, cubed
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 750 g (1½lbs) broccoli florets halved
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the bechamel

For the pie

  • 1 roll puff pastry thawed
  • 1 egg beaten


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  • Saute onion, leek, carrot and garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil until soft and starting to caramelize.
  • Add the broccoli, peas and water. Cover with a lid and allow to steam for 5-7 minutes until the broccoli is just cooked. Test by piercing the stem with a sharp knife. If there is a lot of liquid in the pan, drain before combining with the sauce.
  • Prepare the bechamel/cheese sauce as directed. Pour cheese sauce over the cooked vegetable and mix.
  • Transfer the filling to a baking dish.
  • Cover with thawed puff pastry. Crimp the edges then cut a few vents into the surface. Brush with egg wash.
  • Place the pot pie in the oven and allow to bake for 20-30 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and puffed.
  • Remove and allow to rest fof 5-10 minutes before serving.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 737mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 6406IU | Vitamin C: 97mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2mg


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. I loosely followed this recipe and WOW, it was amazing. The bechamel sauce was perfect. I used pepper jack and a mix of half and half and oatmilk for it. I made this recipe to use some of the frozen and fresh veggies I had on hand (shallot, fresh broccoli, frozen carrots, frozen peas, frozen spinach), plus to use up the last 1/3 of the puff pastry I had. I used a little Better Than Bouillon vegetarian chicken to thin the mix. The end result tasted like a creamy broccoli cheese soup pot pie, but better. Thanks for sharing! This was much better than a traditional pot pie.

  2. Why is there an advertisement right on top of the ingredient list when I print out, using your print button, and it doesn’t show up on my print preview? Ruined my experience on your website.

    1. Could you perhaps send me a screenshot of this? My e-mail is alidaryder [at] gmail [dot] com. I tested it and had no ads printed out. I will ask my ad-support team to have a look as well. Thanks for notifying me!

  3. We had to sub a little. My partner accidentally grabbed broccolini instead of broccoli and it was only about 300g so I made up the weight difference with some frozen spinach in the freezer. It was amazing!

  4. Hi, what are the measurements to make your own cheese sauce? They ingredients are in the description but not in the recipe.

  5. Can you make this the day before? I have made the poe mix, qnd refrigerated, but wasn’t sure if I can top with puff pastry??