Delicious Savory Pie Recipes That Are Perfect for Chilly Winter Nights

Calling all vegans and vegetarians—there are some savory pies for you too.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with a dessert pie, but why not try some savory pies that will have you feeling warm and cozy all season long? Sure, soothing soup recipes are great and serve their own comforting purpose as the temperatures dip, but sometimes you don't have hours to spare while your latest creation simmers on the stove. By contrast, most appetizing dinner pies take just over an hour (or less) to make and boast a magic ingredient that soup lacks—a buttery pie crust or topping.

Classic savory options like chicken pot pie can be made with store-bought pie crust or puff pastry (how easy is that?) while other hearty pie varieties are topped with a layer of mashed potatoes, which you can even make ahead. Is there anything better to eat on a frigid night? We think not. If you agree, keep reading for a collection of savory pie recipes that are so good they'll have you looking forward to those cold and blustery winter days.

Top Recipes

01 of 09

Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie

Easy chicken recipes - Chicken and Vegetable Potpie
Roland Bello

As far as savory pies go, chicken pot pie is the gold standard. This recipe uses boneless, skinless chicken breasts paired with onions, carrots, and frozen peas. The comforting pie gets its creaminess from a combo of dry white wine and milk and is topped with a flaky (store-bought!) pie crust.

02 of 09

Mushroom Pot Pie

Mushroom Potpie
Cut down on prep time by using frozen packaged puff pastry for the crust. Get the recipe for Mushroom Potpie. Sang An

If you don't eat meat or are looking to eat less of it, this recipe will give you all the coziness of chicken pot pie without the chicken. Mushrooms (and plenty of them!) take the place of meat and are joined by carrots, celery, onions, and peas. And if you're not a fan of cream, you'll be happy to know that this vegan recipe uses a combination of flour and vegetable broth instead.

03 of 09

Chicken Fricassee Pot Pie

Chicken Fricassee Pot Pie
Antonis Achilleos

While this dish might seem more complicated than some other savory pies on this list, we promise you that this twist on a classic pot pie is worthy of a spot in your dinner rotation this winter. It takes less than an hour to make, is topped with crispy puff pastries, and is filled with mushrooms, carrots, and, scallions.

04 of 09

Beef and Beer Pot Pie

Beef and Beer Potpie
Greg DuPree

This savory recipe calls for the beef to be browned in a hot cast-iron skillet and then braised in beer, which ensures it will be both tender and flavorful. Butternut squash adds some color and texture to this pie, as do chopped carrots and leeks. The best part of this recipe, however, is the flaky golden-brown puff pastry, which is placed directly atop the skillet before the dish is transferred to the oven.

05 of 09

Skillet Spanako"pea"ta

Skillet Spanako“pea”ta
This savory pie is bursting with bold flavors, thanks to the variety of fresh herbs, salty crumbled feta and tangy lemon juice. The fresh peas add a hint of sweetness, and turn this spanakopita into a spanako"pea"ta. Get the RecipeSkillet Spanako“pea”ta. Greg DuPree

This pie, which is classically made with a spinach-feta cheese mixture, is great if you're looking for an easy appetizer to serve to guests this winter. The recipe adds in a generous serving of fresh spring peas and is easier to make than typical spanikopita because it's prepared in a skillet lined with phyllo dough.

06 of 09

Zucchini Pie

This savory zucchini pie gets a boost from provolone and parmesan cheeses.
Christopher Baker

Got a surplus of zucchini in the fridge? Use it to make this zucchini pie, which is bright and savory thanks to the inclusion of fresh basil, and grated provolone and Parmesan cheeses. If you're searching for a meat-free and high-protein recipe that will make you feel warm and fuzzy, give this dish a whirl.

07 of 09

Classic Shepherd's Pie

Simple Shepherd's Pie in Baking Dish on Top of Blue Kitchen Towel and Served in Small White Bowl, with sprigs of fresh thyme on small black dish
Greg DuPree

Is there a better comfort food than shepherd's pie? This dish is perfect for a cold day, and not just because it's topped with buttery mashed potatoes. Inside, you'll find a mean vegetable-enriched beef filling (instead of the traditional lamb) made with ground beef, mushrooms, tomato paste, and more.

08 of 09

Cauliflower Shepherd's Pie

Cauliflower Shepherd's Pie
Caitlin Bensel

Yes, it's hard to top the mashed potato and ground beef combo of a traditional shepherd's pie, but sometimes it's fun to switch things up. Instead of potatoes, this recipe calls for cauliflower and pairs it with vegetables and ground turkey.

09 of 09

Eggplant Shepherd's Pie

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie served in a white dish.
Caitlin Bensel

Who says a shepherd's pie needs to be filled with beef? This recipe puts veggies front and center thanks to eggplant, which is paired with onions and parsley. The creaminess is courtesy of whole milk and pecorino cheese.

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