This vegan pot pie is the perfect comfort food, a warm and hearty dish loaded with veggies for anything from a weeknight meal to a holiday dish.

Top your gluten-free pot pie with a homemade Gluten-free Vegan Pie Crust, or your favorite store-bought vegan puff pastry for a delicious vegan chicken pot pie recipe that your family will love.

My love for pot pies goes way back to when I was 16, in my pre-vegan days. I lived for six months with my brother-in-law in England.

During that time, his father-in-law worked for a pot pie factory. Because of him, I was introduced to different quintessential British pies, such as Steak and Kidney Pie, Chicken Pie, and Bramble Apple Pies

I love using green jackfruit as a meat substitute. It makes this into the perfectly substituted vegan chicken pot pie recipe. For me, this recipe actually tastes better than the traditional version!

Ingredients Needed

  • Olive Oil: Used for sautéing the onions, garlic, and celery, adding flavor and preventing sticking.
  • Vegetables in this recipe include onion, celery, carrots, and green beans.
  • Garlic: Enhances the overall savory taste of the filling.
  • Green Jackfruit: Acts as a meat substitute, with a neutral flavor that takes on seasonings and a texture similar to pulled chicken or pork. You can substitute green jackfruit with marinated tofu or store-bought vegan chicken substitute if you can’t find it or prefer alternatives.
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos: Adds an umami, savory flavor and serves as a seasoning that’s essential for depth.
  • Potato: Adds texture and substance to the filling.
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes: Enhance the savory and cheesy flavor of the filling and serve as a source of complete protein and B vitamins.
  • Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour: Used to coat the vegetables and help thicken the filling.
  • Vegetable Broth: Forms the base of the filling and provides a rich, savory flavor.
  • Almond Milk: Adds creaminess to the filling.
  • Seasonings including dried thyme, rubbed sage, dried rosemary, vegan bouillon, and sea salt will enhance the flavor of the vegan pot pie.
  • Gluten-Free Vegan Puff Pastry or Pie Crust: Used as the top crust of the jackfruit pie, providing a delicious and flaky finish. I used Schar’s gluten-free vegan puff pastry, which I purchased from my local health food store. 

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Vegan pot pie steps, ingredients, cooked filling in a white casserole and puff pastry covering

How To Make Vegan Pot Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 400℉. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, on medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and celery, and cook until the onion is soft, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in the jackfruit and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, and cook for about a minute. Add the potatoes, carrots, and peas, and stir. Add the nutritional yeast flakes and GF flour, and stir in order to coat the vegetables.
  3. If you are using green beans, parboil them in water until they are tender, and set aside.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, vegan bouillon, almond milk, and herbs, and bring the pot to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are just about tender, usually about 10 minutes. Check the seasoning levels and add salt if needed. Add the green beans and stir.
  5. Scoop the filling into a greased 8-inch casserole dish. Top with puff pastry sheet or rolled out pie dough, and flute the edges. Bake the pie for 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly.

Expert Tips

  • If using green beans, remember to parboil them separately until they are tender before adding them to the filling. This step prevents them from being undercooked in the final dish.
  • You can use either a gluten-free vegan pie crust or vegan puff pastry for the top crust. If you opt for homemade pie crust, make it in advance and keep it chilled to prevent it from drying out.
  • If you’re using jackfruit, make sure to drain and rinse it thoroughly to remove any brine or preserving liquid. Chop it into small, bite-sized pieces, and remove any seeds or tough core parts.
  • Ensure you use green jackfruit in brine, not syrup, for the right texture and taste.
  • If you’re using a pie crust, learn how to flute the edges properly for a visually appealing finish. It’s a simple technique that adds a nice touch to your plant based pot pie.
  • Do not omit the nutritional yeast flakes, I find that the flavor is on point with it, and is so uniquely delicious it can’t be replicated. 
  • You can substitute Bragg’s liquid aminos with soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos. Check ingredients carefully if you have a gluten sensitivity, since some soy sauces have gluten.
vegan pot pie with puff pastry in a white baking dish topped with fresh thyme

Substitutions and Variations

  • Add Mushrooms: Add a variety of mushrooms (such as shiitake, cremini, and oyster) to the filling for a rich and earthy flavor. Mushrooms can be a great meat substitute and add depth to the dish.
  • Curry Pot Pie: Infuse the filling with curry spices (like turmeric, cumin, and coriander) and coconut milk for a delicious curry jackfruit pot pie. You can also add peas and carrots for an Indian-inspired twist.
  • Experiment With Herbs: Experiment with fresh herbs like thyme, basil, or tarragon to add extra layers of flavor to the filling. Fresh herbs can elevate the dish’s taste and aroma.
  • Leave Out The Jackfruit: If you can’t find green jackfruit or you don’t prefer it, then you can substitute the jackfruit with marinated tofu or store-bought vegan chicken substitute. Or, you can just leave it out; it will taste just as delicious.

Storage Tips

Refrigerator

If you have leftovers or want to store the unbaked vegan pot pie, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil or place it in an airtight container.

Store the pot pie in the refrigerator. It can typically be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Make sure it’s cooled to room temperature before refrigerating to prevent condensation inside the container.

Freezing

To freeze an entire unbaked pot pie, assemble it but do not bake it. Wrap it well in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil or place it in a freezer-safe airtight container. Frozen vegan pot pie can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating

When you’re ready to enjoy the leftovers or the frozen pot pie, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

For refrigerated pot pie, you can reheat it directly from the fridge. Place it in the preheated oven, still covered with foil, and heat for about 20-25 minutes or until the center is piping hot.

For frozen pot pie, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, bake it, covered with foil, for 30-40 minutes or until heated through. You may need to add a few extra minutes if the pie is still partially frozen.

You can also use a microwave for reheating individual servings of the pot pie. However, keep in mind that this method may affect the crust’s crispiness.

Recipe FAQs

What is Jackfruit?

Jackfruit is a tropical fruit known for its large size, weighing up to 80 pounds. Ripe jackfruit has a mild, sweet flavor, resembling a blend of pineapple and banana. Its seeds, when cooked, are edible and can be roasted for snacking or used in dishes like Jackfruit Seed Curry. Green jackfruit, on the other hand, has a neutral taste that absorbs seasonings, and its shredded texture resembles pulled chicken or pork, making it a convincing meat substitute, suitable for both vegans and non-vegans.

Where do you buy Jackfruit?

You can buy fresh green jackfruit at local Asian or Latino supermarkets, and instructions for preparing it from scratch can be found HERE. You can freeze the leftovers for later use. Canned green jackfruit is a convenient option, available at Asian markets and Trader Joe’s. Ensure it’s in brine, not syrup, for the right texture and taste.

What are Nutritional Yeast Flakes?

Nutritional yeast flakes are distinct from the yeast used in bread-making. Unlike brewer’s and baker’s yeast, nutritional yeast is inactive and specially produced for food. It contributes an umami, savory, or cheesy flavor to dishes and is a valuable seasoning. Nutritionally, it’s a powerhouse, containing all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein, a rarity among vegan sources. It also provides vitamin B12 and other B vitamins, crucial for vegans who may lack these nutrients, as a B12 deficiency can lead to fatigue and mental fog. Incorporating nutritional yeast into your diet is easy by adding it to various savory dishes, potentially reducing the need for costly supplements.

What is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos?

Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, like soy sauce or tamari, is a soybean-based condiment that adds savory “umami” flavor and depth to dishes. It serves as a salt substitute while enhancing taste. Liquid aminos provide essential amino acids for vegans and are gluten-free. For those with soy concerns, gluten-free soy sauces are an alternative. Non-soy options include coconut aminos, made from coconut tree sap, offering umami flavor and suitability for vegans, soy-free, and gluten-free diets.

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Vegan Pot Pie

This flavorful gluten-free Vegan Pot Pie is simply amazing! It is made with carrots, potatoes, green beans, and jackfruit, and is seasoned with an herb-infused broth. It is perfect for the holidays!
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Entrée, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan pot pie
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 212kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 cup green jackfruit chopped, (or substitute with tofu or your favorite veggie meat).
  • 2 tablespoons Bragg liquid aminos Tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 1 medium potato diced
  • 1 cup frozen green beans or green peas
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes No substitution
  • 1/4 cup all purpose gluten-free flour (I used Krusteaz brand)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 vegan bouillon
  • salt to taste
  • 1 batch gluten-free vegan pie crust or 1 sheet vegan puff pastry (I used Schar’s Gluten-Free Vegan Puff Pastry)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400℉. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, on medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and celery, and cook until the onion is soft, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the jackfruit and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, and cook for about a minute. Add the potatoes, carrots, and peas, and stir. Add the nutritional yeast flakes and GF flour, and stir in order to coat the vegetables.
  • If you are using green beans, parboil them in water until they are tender, and set aside.
  • Add the vegetable broth, vegan bouillon, almond milk, and herbs, and bring the pot to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are just about tender, usually about 10 minutes. Check the seasoning levels and add salt if needed. Add the green beans and stir.
  • Scoop the filling into a greased 8-inch casserole dish. Top with puff pastry sheet or rolled out pie dough, and flute the edges. Bake the pie for 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly.

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 0.01mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6935IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg