Vegan Pot Pies

By Jessica Hylton -

These Vegan Pot Pies are hearty, filling, and packed with healthy veggies. Comfort food goodness in less than an hour!

Vegan Pot Pies in white ramekins on a counter

Plant-based Thanksgiving recipes aren’t easy to come by, but this Vegan Pot Pie is the perfect entree for all the vegans and vegetarians at the table. They’re also easy enough to whip up for a weeknight dinner, so you can enjoy hearty vegetable pot pies all year long! Since they can be customized with your favorite vegetables and add-ins (more on that below!), everyone is guaranteed to love them.

Aside from the ramekins used for baking, this Vegan Pot Pie recipe is a one-pot deal, which means cleanup is a breeze. (We love that, right?) Using a pre-made pastry dough for the crust shaves off your prep time, without sacrificing flavor. And if you’re making vegetable pot pies as a vegan main dish for Thanksgiving, you can prepare these in advance so they’re ready to pop into the oven on the big day.

Carrots, mushrooms, peas and other ingredients for Vegan Pot Pies in bowls

Notes on Ingredients

Please note that this is important information on the ingredients and instructions and the FULL recipe with amounts and details can be found DOWN BELOW (scroll to it) in the recipe card.

  • Vegan butter – I prefer the rich flavor of a plant-based butter, but you can use olive oil instead if you don’t have butter on hand.
  • Onion – A yellow or white onion is perfect, or try switching things up by using two shallots. 
  • Carrots – Rainbow carrots can add a fun pop of color to the recipe.
  • Celery
  • Sliced mushrooms – Use cremini or white mushrooms.
  • Garlic 
  • Fresh thyme – Fresh rosemary or sage can be used instead or in addition to the thyme.
  • Gluten free flour – Use all-purpose flour if you’re not on a gluten free diet.
  • Vegetable broth – Store-bought or homemade.
  • Salt & pepper
  • Frozen peas – Not a pea fan? You can use white beans instead.

For topping:

  • Regular phyllo dough or Gluten free phyllo dough (also known as filo dough), gluten free vegan pie crust, or gluten free puff pastry – You can buy gluten free phyllo or you can make phyllo if you’re feeling adventurous. Of course, if you’re not on a gluten free diet, use any type of pastry dough you like.

WATCH THE VIDEO TO SEE HOW IT’S MADE:

 
Top view of four Vegan Pot Pies in white ramekins

How to Make Vegan Pot Pie

There’s no need to fuss with making your own crust for this recipe, which means these pot pies are pretty much fail-proof!

Prepare. Preheat your oven to 375ºF and set out three ramekins.

Sauté the vegetables. Melt the vegan butter in a pan over medium heat, then add the onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, garlic, and thyme. Cook the vegetable mixture until onions are translucent and the carrots have softened, which should take about 8 minutes.

Make the sauce. Add flour and stir to coat the veggies. Keep cooking until the flour has browned a bit, then pour in the vegetable broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

Finish the filling. Add the frozen peas to the filling mixture, stir, and remove the pan from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Ramekins filled with pot pie filling being assembled into pot pies

Assemble the pot pies. Pour the filling into the ramekins and top with a piece of phyllo, pie, or puff pastry dough cut to size.

Bake. Bake the pot pies for 30 minutes, keeping a close eye on the tops to make sure they don’t brown too quickly. If they do, cover them with foil.

Broil the top. Broil the pot pies on low for a few minutes to make the crust crispy and browned. Remove the ramekins from the oven, allow them to cool for a few minutes, then serve.

Top view of a pot pie in a white ramekin with crust pulled back to reveal filling

Can I Make This in Advance? 

Yes, you can make Vegan Pot Pies up to 3 days in advance, then reheat them. For best results, I recommend making the filling and refrigerating it; then when you’re ready to bake the pot pies, you can top them with the pastry.

Tips for Success

Here are a few tips to help you make the best Vegan Pot Pies!

  • Add some vents. Use a sharp knife to cut some vents into the pastry topping before you put the pot pies in the oven. This allows steam to escape.
  • Deglaze the pan. This is entirely optional, but you can pour a splash of dry white wine into the pan to deglaze it after the flour has browned. The wine itself adds flavor, and it also loosens all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan, giving the sauce more depth.
  • Place your oven rack in the middle position. This will keep the top crust from burning!
Vegan pot pies in white ramekins, center pie with filling visible

Add-In Ideas

Use this Vegan Pot Pie recipe as a template for comfort food deliciousness! Here are some ideas for switching things up:

  • Add different vegetables. Try diced butternut squash, potatoes (sweet or not!), broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, green beans, or anything that strikes your fancy.
  • Make it cheesy. If you want the sauce to have some cheesy flavor, add nutritional yeast to taste or fold in your favorite meltable plant-based cheese.
  • Make it meaty. A plant-based sausage would be an amazing addition to these Vegan Pot Pies. Just crumble it up and fold it in with the peas.

Serving Suggestions

The fabulous thing about Vegan Pot Pies is that they’re pretty much a one-dish meal! If you want to pair them with a side, I suggest a light salad: Vegan Caesar with Coconut Bacon or Healthy Kale Cabbage Slaw would be perfect.

Making Vegan Pot Pies for Thanksgiving? Serve them with Vegan Mashed Cauliflower, Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Vegan Green Bean Casserole. Don’t forget Vegan Pumpkin Pie for dessert!

Top view of vegan pot pies in white ramekins

How to Store and Reheat Pot Pie

Store Vegan Pot Pies in the refrigerator, covering the tops with foil. I like to remove the crust, reheat the rest of the pie in the microwave, then reheat the crust for the last 10-20 seconds to keep it crispy. Alternatively, you could reheat it in your oven at 350ºF for about 10 minutes.

Can I Freeze This?

Yes, Vegan Pot Pies can be frozen. Once they’ve cooled, wrap them tightly with a layer of plastic wrap, followed by a layer of foil. Pop them in the freezer for up to two months. To reheat, thaw the pies in the refrigerator, then bake them at 350ºF for 10 minutes, or until warmed through, or bake them for 40 to 60 minutes if they’re still frozen.

P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:

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Enjoy friends! If you make this vegan pot pie recipe, please snap a photo and tag #jessicainthekitchen on Instagram! We’d also love it if you would leave a comment below, and give the recipe a rating! Thanks so much!

Vegan pot pies in white ramekins, center pie with filling visible

Vegan Pot Pies

These Vegan Pot Pies are incredible and are done in less than an hour! They are loaded with only healthy, delicious and filling ingredients!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Ingredients

Vegan Pot Pies

  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 4 stalks celery finely chopped
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-2 stalks fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup flour or gluten free flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

To Top

  • Phyllo dough or if gluten free, Gluten free Fillo dough, gluten free vegan pie crust or gluten free puff pastry
Instructions

Instructions

Vegan Pot Pies

  • Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C. Set aside 3 ramekins.
  • In a pan over medium heat, melt vegan butter.
  • Add the onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, garlic and thyme and stir. Allow to sauté until onions are translucent and carrots have softened a bit about 8 minutes.
  • Add in the flour and mix to coat veggies. I like to set mine set about 2 minutes to brown a bit.
  • Add the vegetable broth and salt and pepper to taste (just a pinch, taste test later on).
  • Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer for about 5 minutes to soften the rest of the vegetables. Add in the frozen peas, stir and remove from heat. Taste test and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Pour mixture into medium sized ramekins and top with filo or dough.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, watching tops to see if burning. If starting to brown, cover with foil.
  • Broil on low for a few minutes to brown topping. Remove, allow to cool slightly, serve and enjoy!
NOTES
This recipe is vegan and easily gluten free.
  1. Here’s a recipe for gluten free filo dough
  2. You can store these by placing them in the fridge, covered or uncovered with foil. You can reheat by removing topping, microwaving, and them putting on topping and microwaving that for 10-20 seconds. Alternatively, you can reheat in the oven at 350°F/180°C for 10 minutes.
  3. You can make Vegan Pot Pies up to 3 days in advance, then reheat them. For best results, I recommend making the filling and refrigerating it; then when you’re ready to bake the pot pies, you can top them with the pastry.
  4. These pot pies can also be frozen. Once they’ve cooled, wrap them tightly with a layer of plastic wrap, followed by a layer of foil. Pop them in the freezer for up to two months. Thaw the pies in the refrigerator, then bake them at 350ºF for 10 minutes, or until warmed through, or bake them for 40 to 60 minutes if they’re still frozen.

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1623mg | Potassium: 689mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 15322IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 4mg
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26 comments

  1. We LOVE filo and pot pie is definitely another favourite here too. So this is a win-win recipe!

  2. These pot pies are adorbs! I love pot pie, and know I would love this vegan version even more than the original! So nice to know that they are pretty quick to make!

  3. KC says:

    Another fab post. I could have 1 (read: 100) of these right now!

  4. I love making veggie pot pies, but never considered serving them for Thanksgiving. I’m sure my dinner guests wouldn’t object if I did 😉

  5. Kim says:

    What type of phyllo dough do you use that is Gluten free or do you make your own ? Can’t wait to try . Our daughter was just recently diagnosed Celiac .

  6. Kalisse Kelly says:

    This is a really good recipe Jessica. It’s beautiful, it looks flavourful and I eat all of the ingredients.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Kalisse!! If you give it a try I hope you enjoy it!!

  7. Lori says:

    What would you suggest to do when preparing this dish for a meal ( Thanksgiving) ahead of time.
    Perhaps make the filling, put it in the ramekin and refrigerate until ready to put on top and bake?
    Any other thoughts? Preparing, then taking off top to bake eeems a bit of a drag when you have company.
    Thanks.

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Lori,

      Yup that sounds like a great way to make it before hand! Or even to make it all and place in a Tupperware, then into the individual cups when ready to bake! I hope that helps!!

  8. Linds says:

    How many servings does this recipe make and how large are the ramekins? I I hear back from you in time, will make this for Thanksgiving – beautiful presentation and healthy ingred appreciated!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Linds!
      I hope this is enough time for you!! My ramekins are 7 ounce/207ml ramekins. It serves about 3-4 servings, so if you want to make more, you can easily double the recipe, or even serve it in a large casserole dish instead. I really hope that helps and feel free to message me with anymore questions – I’ll answer right away this time haha! Happy Thanksgiving when it comes!!

  9. Sandi says:

    Could you please tell me the brand name and where to get gluten free phyllo dough or gluten free puff pastry? Thank you
    P.s. recipe looks amazing!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sandi,

      I found a random brand in Whole Foods – so check there out!! It’s easier to find GF puff pastry so look for that one – I hope that helps!!

    • Jessica says:

      Random meaning I can’t remember the name!!

    • Tina says:

      I believe the brand is Geefree Puff Pastry Sheets. Unfortunately they are full of butter and cream. I will have to continue to look for a vegan version. Maybe it will work for you, though.

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