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This Vegetarian Pot Pie packs the same soul-soothing comfort as classic Chicken Pot Pie, but holds the meat! Hearty mushrooms and a creamy, protein-rich filling make it just as satisfying.

Easy vegetarian pot pie with a slice missing

No matter what is happening outside in the rest of our lives, we all need to eat.

This easy veggie pot pie is here to make dinnertime easier (and more enjoyable!).

It uses mostly pantry and freezer staples, like frozen veggies and white beans, so you can pull it together with whatever you have on hand.

Healthy vegetarian pot pie

5 Star Review

“Amazing!! So good, we all had seconds. Can’t wait to make it again!”

— Hannah —

How to Make Vegetarian Pot Pie

When thinking through how to make a vegetarian chicken pot pie, it was important to me that it be just as satisfying as its traditional counterparts, like chicken pot pie and Turkey Pot Pie.

This recipe uses basic ingredients, is highly adaptable, and despite its lean calorie count, it has all of the warm comfort you crave.


The Ingredients

  • White Beans. My swap for chicken to make this pot pie vegetarian. White beans are high in protein and fiber (this vegetarian pot pie has 19 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber per serving). They taste rich and creamy, and they’re probably in your pantry right now. This pot pie tastes indulgent (in a good way) as you are eating it, and it will actually keep you full.
  • Frozen Vegetables. To keep the recipe as pantry/freezer-ingredient-friendly as possible, I used frozen peas, carrots, and frozen pearl onions. Not only do frozen vegetables mean that you can keep the ingredients you need to make this pot pie around for longer, but they also save you from chopping. Win!

Ingredient Swap

  • Fall Vegetable Pot Pie. A fall vegetable pot pie with sautéed butternut squash and sweet potatoes would be divine.
  • Spring Vegetable Pot Pie. A more spring-forward veggie pot pie with steamed broccoli or asparagus sounds mighty tasty too.
  • Frozen Vegetable Pot Pie. You also can make this recipe entirely with frozen vegetables, similar to this Chicken and Biscuits.
  • Mushrooms. The fresh ingredient that gives this pot pie a deep, savory flavor. If you don’t love mushrooms, you can leave them out. (Mushroom fans, you’ll adore both this Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff and Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie.)
  • Celery. For the most classic pot pie flavor.
  • Balsamic Vinegar. The secret ingredient that makes the filling pop. Try it before and after. You’ll be amazed by the difference this ingredient makes.
  • Pie Crust. I love my easy whole wheat pie crust if you are feeling inclined to make the crust from scratch or want the pot pie to be as healthy as possible.

Substitution Tip

If you prefer, you can use store-bought pie crust, make the vegetarian pot pie with puff pastry, or take a note from my Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie and use biscuits. Try these Easy Drop Biscuits or embrace Pillsbury canned biscuits.

The Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven on the stove. Add the mushrooms, celery, and spices, cooking until browned and softened.
A pan with ingredients for a meat-free meal
  1. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables, and cook until it disappears. Stir in the almond milk and simmer until thickened. Stir in the beans, remaining vegetables, thyme, and balsamic vinegar.
A pie dish with vegetarian pot pie filling
  1. Scoop everything into the prepared pie dish.
  2. Roll and place the pie dough on top of the dish, using an eggwash to seal it and brush the top. Cut a few slits to let steam escape.
  3. Bake vegetarian pot pit at 425 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Let sit a few minutes, then ENJOY!

Dietary Note

  • To Make Gluten Free. Use your favorite gluten free pie crust or swap a 1:1 GF flour in my whole wheat pie crust recipe; use 1:1 GF flour for the filling.
  • To Make Dairy Free (and Vegan!). Use olive oil in place of the butter and a dairy-free pie crust.
Vegetarian pot pie with beans and crust on top

Why Make Pot Pie with One Crust?

As you may have noticed from the recipe directions above, I make my pot pies (both the vegetarian ones and the ones with meat) with just one crust on top and no bottom crust.

  • I find only placing a crust on the top yields the ideal ratio of crust to filling.
  • Pie crust, while absolutely delicious, is quite indulgent. Using one crust saves calories so you can spend them elsewhere as you like.
  • The bottom crust of pot pie is usually soggy anyway. I’m happy to skip it.

Tip!

If you prefer, you can, of course, make this vegetarian pot pie with a bottom crust also. To do so, prepare another circle of pie dough that is 12 inches in diameter, and place it into the bottom of your pie dish. Be sure to press it in around the sides until it’s smooth. Trim and discard any overhang from around the edges of the pie dish. Add your filling on top of the pie crust, and finish preparing as directed.

A tasty vegetarian pot pie with a slice cut out

Storage Tips

  • To Store. This recipe tastes best the day it is made because the crust is the crispest, but you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Reheat leftovers gently in the microwave or oven at 350 degrees F until hot. I like the oven method because it does a better job of crisping the crust.
  • To Freeze. Cover and freeze baked pot pie for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Meal Prep Tip

The filling can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months (let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating). Add the crust just before baking.

Vegetarian pot pie with biscuits, puff pastry, or pie crust

What to Serve with Vegetarian Pot Pie

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Pie Dish. The perfect choice for baking this pot pie.
  • Dutch Oven. An investment piece you’ll use for a lifetime.
  • Wooden Spoon. Great for stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan.

Please scoop yourself an extra big slice of this vegetarian pot pie from me tonight.

Sending you all a virtual hug and encouragement to go in for a real-life second helping!♥

Vegetarian Pot Pie

4.94 from 31 votes
This cozy vegetarian pot pie has a creamy, healthy filling made with white beans, carrots, peas, and mushrooms. Easy, protein-packed, and good for you too!

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10 ounces cremini baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 medium stalks celery diced (about a slightly heaping 1/2 cup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour swap 1:1 gluten free flour to make GF
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can reduced sodium white beans rinsed and drained (or 1 ½ cups cooked white beans)
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag mixed peas and carrots or mixed frozen vegetables of choice (no need to thaw)
  • 1/2 cup frozen pearl onions no need to thaw
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 prepared pie crust dairy free if needed; I used my favorite whole wheat pie crust
  • 1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water to create an egg wash

Instructions
 

  • Place rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie dish with baking spray. Set aside.
  • Heat a large Dutch oven or similar deep, heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter. Once hot, add the mushrooms and cook for 6 minutes, until mushrooms are beginning to brown, stirring occasionally. Add the celery, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms have browned more deeply and the celery begins to soften, about 3 additional minutes.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the top of the vegetables and cook 2 minutes, until the white disappears (the vegetables will seem dry). Slowly pour in the almond milk, adding a few splashes at a time, stirring constantly. Bring to a low boil, scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Continue to let bubble until thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring very often and scraping a spatula along the bottom of the pot to prevent sticking. Stir in the beans, peas and carrots, onions, thyme, and vinegar.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared pie dish. Roll the pie dough into a circle large enough to cover your dish. Brush the edges of the pie dish with the egg wash, then lay the dough over the top so that it overhangs the sides. Trim the overhang to a 1/2 inch larger than edge of the dish. Gently press the dough onto the sides of the dish so that it sticks, then brush all over with the remaining egg wash. With a sharp knife, cut 5 slits in the top.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and place the pie dish on top. Bake until the pie is hot and bubbly on the inside and the crust is deeply golden, about 20 to 25 minutes, rotating the pan 180 degrees F halfway through. Let rest a few minutes. Serve hot.

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Notes

  • TO MAKE AHEAD: The filling can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months (let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating). Add the crust just before baking.
  • TO STORE: This recipe tastes best the day it is made because the crust is the most crisp, but you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Reheat gently in the microwave or oven at 350 degrees F until hot.
  • TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE: Use your favorite gluten free pie crust.
  • TO MAKE VEGAN: Use olive oil in place of the butter and a dairy-free pie crust.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 536kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 19gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 63mgPotassium: 1122mgFiber: 11gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 8539IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 299mgIron: 6mg

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  1. I’ve made the chicken pot pie and we love it. This is another one to try. I like the idea of changing out the vegetables according to the season because it just makes sense. When products are in season, they’re better in flavor and less costly. This is totally a win-win!

  2. I made this vegan, and it was delicious! My meat-eating boyfriend loved it too. I used a kroger pie crust (which is vegan), regular mushrooms, celery,white onion, and frozen asparagus which I sauteed. Then I added a bag of cauliflower rice with carrots and peas and some Morningstar popcorn chikin nuggets quartered. I also used almond milk and olive oil instead of butter. I was surprised at just how tasty it was, and even better the second day! Thank you for the great recipe!5 stars

    1. Thank you for sharing this kind review and your adaptations, Karen! I’m so happy the recipe was a hit!

  3. So very good!!  I made with leftover broccoli, mushrooms, onion, celery, carrots and kale. Used puff pastry for top crust.  Easy and delicious, thank you!5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the recipe, Maida! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  4. My husband and I are doing meatless Mondays and on cold MN fall night this hit the spot. The only change was adding fresh carrots with the celery. This was amazing and can’t wait to have for lunch or dinner this week with the cold temps this week. 5 stars

  5. Made this tonight by sautéing half a bell pepper and half and onion, chopped, in butter, instead of the mushrooms. Then added a few leftover greens onions and fresh spinach, chopped. Had some cooked vegetables leftover from last night’s roasted chicken. Lastly, stirred in a can of canned pumpkin, as I thought I had a can of cannelini beans but turned out to be wrong. A whole lot of substitutions, but turned out pretty good. ?5 stars

  6. My fiance and I have been eating more plant based, and I honestly do not miss meat. I cannot wait to make this recipe. It looks AMAZING!

  7. Just pre-made this for dinner tonight, very delicious and great recipe to follow. Only adjustment made was I used a large carrot and two small potatoes diced and cooked them with the celery. Thanks for sharing! Hoping my kids approve!4 stars

  8. Awesome recipe, thank you! I’ve done other veg pot pie recipes from the web and none were as good as this. I improvised the veg based by what I had on hand, some frozen and some fresh, so a bit too much flour but my fault. More vegetables next time. I added more S&P for our taste and some paprika. Great to make ahead. Delicious!! Thanks Erin, your recipes are always a winner 😀5 stars

  9. Could this be made with just one crust on the bottom instead of also adding the crust to the top? What would the difference be for cook time or the recipe instructions?

    1. Hi Silvia! I’ve only tested this recipe with the crust on the top. If you decide to experiment by adding a crust to the bottom, I’d love to know how it goes!