Vegan Comfort Food: Pot Pie

As you read this (assuming it is during my work hours on Friday), the President is less than a mile from where I sit (or stand, or teach). Yes that is right, President Obama and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China are meeting at Sunnylands, the former Annenberg Estate, which is just a hop, skip and a jump from the country club at which I work. So close in fact that the city of Rancho Mirage sent out memos to our homeowners association warning residents and employees about the street closures that will be happening over the next few days. The downside of hosting presidents. They won’t announce the route of the motorcade in advance, but it would be pretty cool to get a chance to watch it go by.

Actually, the Sunnyland Center and Gardens has been a hot ticket since it opened a little over a year ago. I have not yet had the opportunity, but admission is free and I hear the gardens are beautiful.  To tour the home you must take a guided tour but it is quite a historic property and well worth the price of admission (and possible waiting list for tickets).

Vegan Pot Pie

Out of the gardens and into the kitchen for a flaky crusted, homestyle, vegan pot pie. My love of pot pies dates way back to when I was a kid. My mom was a working mom and we frequently did the t.v. dinner route (sorry Mom for outing you). I wasn’t much for salisbury steak (blech), but I loved me some chicken pot pie.

Vegan Pot Pie

No longer a chicken eater, I’ve tried creating a few different vegan pot pie recipes, and I have to say that this is the best. I used nutritional yeast in the gravy, which added an extra burst of flavor. When I was a kid I always loved two crusted pies (some brands skipped the bottom crust which somehow made me feel cheated, since the crust was my favorite part), but now I choose to skip the extra calories, while still savoring the crusty goodness of the top crust. If you want to use a bottom crust, be sure to add an extra 15-20 minutes of cooking time (and reduce the heat to about 350).

vegan comfort food pot pie

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Vegan Comfort Food: Pot Pie
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 package firm tofu, drained, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 small potatoes, diced
  • ½ cup carrots, chopped
  • ½ onion, diced
  • ½ cup zucchini, diced
  • ½ cup yellow squash, diced
  • ½ cup corn
  • 9-inch pie crust
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1⅓ cups water
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook carrots and potatoes for about 8 minutes
  3. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saute pan. Cook the onions until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the tofu, season with salt and pepper and cook until lightly browned, about 7-10 minutes.
  4. When the carrots and potatoes are done, drain and add to the pan with the tofu. Add the zucchini, squash, and corn, and cook, stirring, for several more minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. In a sauce pan, mix the water, nutritional yeast, flour, olive oil, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Heat over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens.
  6. Add ½ of the gravy to the tofu mixture and stir to mix.
  7. Pour the tofu mixture into a 9" pie pan.
  8. Pour the rest of the gravy on top then cover with the pie crust
  9. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the crust is a golden brown.
  10. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
The Vegan Pot Pie may be made with 2 pie crusts. Simply pour the mixture into the bottom pie crust, add the rest of the gravy and cover with the second crust. Increase the baking time to 1 hour. Reduce the heat to 350.
Do you like pot pie? Were you ever served t.v. dinners when you were growing up?
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    • says

      Actually the original recipe did use sweet potatoes, but I am sad to say, I am a white potato lover (is that a crime these days? 🙂 ).

      The nooch really gave the gravy such great flavor. I’ve started using it in (almost) everything!
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  1. says

    How cool to have the President so close by… he was or is going to LA too – last track of where he was actually going to be… always cracks me up when people have a fit about the traffic due to the President coming to town but when a sports team thing happens & closes down streets – no prob…

    ANYWAY, very cool on the vegan pot pie!!! Man I loved those Swanson chicken pot pies in my young & heavier days… 😉 Yes, we had some TV dinners too BUT also the home cooked as well…
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    • says

      Yeah, we had a few comments in the paper (this is a pretty republican part of the world anyway). Or they complain about the expense of flying here. Or they will find something else to complain about. Of course, a couple of fairly high traffic roads are going to be closed for two whole days, and around here it’s not like driving a block to go around. It can be a 5 mile detour by the time your done, so I can understand it to a certain extent. I will just avoid the area.

      Mmm, Swanson pot pies (though I found that childhood memories of things like frozen food don’t stand up to adult reality).
      Debbie recently posted..Vegan Comfort Food: Pot PieMy Profile

  2. says

    We’ve had quite a few presidents visit our area over the years. It’s pretty cool to see the motorcade, airforce one, etc. But traffic – ick!

    I never had pot pie growing up but have learned to make my own veggie version. It truly is a comfort food for us especially during winter. Your looks great!
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  3. says

    Funny, I just made a chicken pot pie last night…one of my kids favorites. It hit the spot for both of them right after swim practice. Yours sounds really great.

    I’d love to tour that estate from the sounds of it! And living just up the street from DC, we get our share of presidential visits/traffic around here…they do make it tough to get around, don’t they?
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  4. says

    Last summer we spent a week in Denver and one day got stopped at a light for 30 minutes – finally we figured out why – the Presidential Motorcade drove right past us!! It was pretty neat to see.
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  5. John Parker says

    I’m new to this vegan thing, but this looks great. Is there any special pie-crust to look for?

    • says

      Hi John, thanks for stopping by. Even as a new vegan, I’m sure you’ve learned about the importance of reading labels. So many sneaky products!

      I believe that I used the Ralph’s (Kroger) brand, deep dish crust. There were two other brands and they both had milk listed on the ingredient list. Double check the ingredients, because I’m not totally positive that was the brand.
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