Homity Pie

  • 20MINS
  • 1HR 10MINS
  • Serves 6
  • 265KCAL

A traditional, British vegetarian pie filled with potatoes, onions, leeks and cheese. Thought to originate from Devon, some people call it a 'Devon Pie.'

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories265
  • Carbs36g
  • Fat6.5g
  • Saturates3g
  • Protein13g
  • Sugars6.8g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This is our take on the classic, British vegetarian pie. Thought to have originated in Devon, some people refer to it as a ‘Devon Pie’, but no matter what you call it, it packs a flavour punch!

The Homity Pie is believed to date back to the Second World War, when it was created by the Land Girls to give basic food rations a new lease of life. Super cheap and really filling, this dish is packed full of potatoes, onions and leeks which means it’s also a great way to help you get your five a day.

Originally, a Homity Pie would use shortcrust pastry, but we’ve swapped this out for filo pastry instead to help keep the calories lower. We’ve also used reduced fat cheese so that you can still enjoy all of the delicious, traditional flavours without loads of additional calories.

Enjoy hot with some steamed, mixed vegetables for dinner, or pop in the fridge overnight to enjoy cold the next day. It makes a fantastic lunch and is also perfect for picnics!

What diets is this Homity Pie suitable for?

This Homity Pie is suitable for vegetarian diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Homity Pie recipe?

  • If you’re on WW Green then you need to count 7 Points per portion of this Homity Pie recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Blue then you need to count 6 Points per portion of this Homity Pie recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Purple then you need to count 4 Points per portion of this Homity Pie recipe.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Homity Pie?

All of the ingredients for this dish are pretty simple. You should be able to find filo pastry sheets in your local supermarket.

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You’ll need a 23cm, shallow cake tin for this recipe. Ideally you should go for a loose bottomed or spring form tin as this will make getting your pie out much easier!

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How many calories are in this Homity Pie?

There are 265 calories per portion in this Homity Pie which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Homity Pie is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 160ºC.

Step 2

Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place on a medium heat. Add the onions and leeks and fry for 15 – 20 minutes, adding the garlic for the last 5 minutes. The onions and leeks should be softened and golden brown.

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Step 3

While your onions and leeks are cooking, boil the potatoes for 15 – 20 minutes or until tender. Drain well and mash with the milk.

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Step 4

Add the onions, leeks and garlic to the pan of mashed potato. Also add the thyme, the 2 medium beaten eggs and 60g of the Cheddar cheese. Stir well and season well to taste.

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Step 5

Grease a round, loose bottomed 23cm cake tin with a little reduced fat spread (your tin should be quite shallow).

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Step 6

Place a single sheet of filo pastry in the bottom of the greased tin, and allow the excess pastry to overlap the top edge of the tin. Brush the pastry all over with some of the small, beaten egg for glazing.

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Step 7

Place another single sheet of filo pastry on top of the first sheet, at an angle. Again, allow the excess pastry to overlap the top edge of the tin and brush with egg for glazing.

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Step 8

Repeat this process until all of the filo pastry has been used to line the tin. Brush egg all over the final layer of pastry.

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Step 9

Spoon your potato mixture into the prepared pastry case and spread out evenly. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on the top and place on a baking tray.

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Step 10

Place in the preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes until hot right through and golden brown.

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Step 11

Allow to cool slightly in the tin, then carefully remove and place on a serving plate. Serve warm.

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What could I serve with this Homity Pie?

We love this Homity Pie served with a fresh, mixed salad or some steamed vegetables. It also works really well with any of the following:

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How do you know when this Homity Pie is cooked?

You need to make sure that your onions and leeks are cooked really well and softened so that they’re not crunchy in the finished dish. This should take around 15 – 20 minutes.

Your Homity Pie will need to then be baked until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is piping hot throughout – around 30 – 35 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can I keep this Homity Pie in the fridge?

Once you’ve served it, you should eat this Homity Pie within 4 hours ideally.

If you have any leftovers then allow them to cool before placing in the fridge in a container with a lid. Your leftovers can be kept in the fridge overnight and enjoyed hot or cold.

Can I freeze this Homity Pie?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat this Homity Pie?

From chilled: Place into a 160ºC oven for around 20 minutes or until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost and then heat in a 160ºC oven for about 30 minutes or until piping hot.

This Homity Pie can also be enjoyed cold if you’d prefer.

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Homity Pie

A traditional, British vegetarian pie filled with potatoes, onions, leeks and cheese. Thought to originate from Devon, some people call it a 'Devon Pie.'
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    1 HR 10
  • KCals 265
  • Carbs 36G
  • WW Points:
  • 7 Green
  • 6 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

  • 3 medium potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 large leeks thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves finely chopped
  • 8 single layer sheets of filo pastry 24 x 24cm squares
  • 80 g reduced fat Cheddar cheese grated
  • 100 ml semi skimmed milk
  • 2 medium eggs beaten with a fork
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • 1 small egg, beaten for glazing
  • reduced fat spread for greasing

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC fan.
  2. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place on a medium heat. Add the onions and leeks and fry for 15 - 20 minutes, adding the garlic for the last 5 minutes. The onions and leeks should be softened and golden brown.
  3. While your onions and leeks are cooking, boil the potatoes for 15 - 20 minutes or until tender. Drain well and mash with the milk.
  4. Add the onions, leeks and garlic to the pan of mashed potato. Also add the thyme, the 2 medium beaten eggs and 60g of the Cheddar cheese. Stir well and season well to taste.
  5. Grease a round, loose bottomed 23cm cake tin with a little reduced fat spread (your tin should be quite shallow).
  6. Place a single sheet of filo pastry in the bottom of the greased tin, and allow the excess pastry to overlap the top edge of the tin. Brush the pastry all over with some of the small, beaten egg for glazing.
  7. Place another single sheet of filo pastry on top of the first sheet, at an angle. Again, allow the excess pastry to overlap the top edge of the tin and brush with egg for glazing.
  8. Repeat this process until all of the filo pastry has been used to line the tin. Brush egg all over the final layer of pastry.
  9. Spoon your potato mixture into the prepared pastry case and spread out evenly. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on the top and place on a baking tray.
  10. Place in the preheated oven for 30 - 35 minutes until hot right through and golden brown.
  11. Allow to cool slightly in the tin, then carefully remove and place on a serving plate. Serve warm.

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Recipe notes

Make sure you grease your tin really thoroughly so that the finished pie will be released easily.
The onions and leeks will need to be cooked really well until softened otherwise they may be too crunchy in the finished pie!

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Samantha McNamaraThursday 8th April 2021

I have all 3 punch of mom books now and love them .
I cannot find the homily pie recipe in them though . Are your recedes on line not in the books ?
It’s not a problem as I’ve just printed it off but just wondered .

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    HollyThursday 8th April 2021

    Hi Samantha, the Homity Pie doesn’t appear in any of our current books. In each of our cookbooks we have 20 fan favourites from the website so not all of our website recipes appear in our books and the same goes for book recipes not appearing our website, hope that helps!

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DuffySunday 3rd January 2021

What is the best of your cookbooks for a vegetarian? Any chance you would do one with just vegetarian recipes?

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    HollyMonday 4th January 2021

    Hi Duffy, In our new book Quick and Easy there are 31 specific vegetarian recipes along with a good selection that could be substituted with a meat free alternative or tweaked to swap out with extra vegetables quite easily which is the same for our other 2 books. At the moment we have no current plans for a vegetarian book but thats not to say it won’t happen in the future! You can also use the recipe finder tool located under the recipes tab on the website to filter recipes to suit your dietary requirements. Hope that helps!

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      Georgia ThompsonThursday 4th February 2021

      I’d love a veggie book too! Just to compliment all of the recipes on the website… Might be an idea to put this in to production/do some market research as to how popular it would be.

      HollyThursday 4th February 2021

      Hi Georgia, We always try to incorporate a range of recipes for different dietary requirements in our books and but I can definitely pass on your feedback for future book requests. Thanks so much for the feedback!

Lesley FosterSunday 27th December 2020

Great pie and so easy to make very tasty and really filling

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    LisaMonday 28th December 2020

    Thanks for the comment, Lesley. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Freda stewartWednesday 16th December 2020

Sounds good looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks x

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    SharonThursday 17th December 2020

    Thankyou Freda, we’re so pleased you like the sound of this recipe. Hope you enjoy making it!

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DawnWednesday 16th December 2020

I make this without the filo pastry, a family favourite recipe, I might try this version.

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    SharonThursday 17th December 2020

    Hi Dawn, we’re interested to hear you already like making Homity Pie, hope you enjoy ours!

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ElllieWednesday 16th December 2020

Definitely a recipe I’m going to try, desperately in need of new things to make! Would I be able to use swede instead of potatoes as I have one that I need to use up? Thanks x

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    SharonWednesday 16th December 2020

    Hi Ellie, using mashed swede instead of mashed potatoes should work well. Go carefully when adding the milk to the mashed swede, you don’t want it to become too wet. Try to make it the same consistency as mashed potato and it should be fine. Enjoy the recipe!

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    Caroline HallSunday 3rd January 2021

    How do you keep it together without using the pastry? How does this taste please.

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      SharonMonday 4th January 2021

      Hi Caroline, the Homity Pie is filled with mashed potato, cheese, onions and leeks so tastes like a cheesy potato pie. We haven’t tried making this without a pastry case, but if you wanted to, we would suggest placing the filling in a greased oven proof dish, so that it can be served straight from the dish rather than trying to slice it as in the recipe.

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