Photo: John Autry; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
Total Time
1 Hour 35 Mins
6 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Place first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove the carrot mixture from pan with a slotted spoon, and set aside. Reserve the cooking liquid, and set aside. Discard bay leaf.

Step 2

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme and mushrooms; cook for 12 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Melt remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add 2/3 cup chopped shallots and garlic; cook for 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Pour 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid into a bowl. Weigh or lightly spoon 5 ounces (about 1/3 cup) all-purpose flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add 5 ounces all-purpose flour to 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid in bowl; stir with a whisk.

Step 4

Add remaining reserved cooking liquid, remaining thyme, cream, and sherry to pan with shallots; bring to a boil. Add flour mixture; stir with a whisk. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until mixture thickens and is reduced to 3 cups (about 10 minutes), stirring frequently.

Step 5

Place the reserved carrot mixture, mushrooms, and shallot mixture in a large bowl, and stir to combine. Spoon 1 1/3 cups mixture into each of 6 (10-ounce) ramekins coated with cooking spray.

Step 6

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 7

Weigh or lightly spoon whole-wheat flour and 3 ounces all-purpose flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine whole-wheat flour, 3 ounces all-purpose flour, baking powder, and parsley in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in 3 tablespoons chilled butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2/3 cup buttermilk to whole-wheat flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto vegetable mixture, dividing evenly among ramekins. Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons buttermilk over topping. Bake at 400° for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Ratings & Reviews

MarySchatz's Review

February 10, 2013
I have a new vegetarian in the family and am looking for new and tasty vegetarian dishes. This was delicious! I think I liked it better than my regular chicken pot pie recipe. It was tasty and the sauce was so creamy. Ok, so it was a bit of work and I did have to wash a bunch of pans/pots afterwards but my whole family loved this dish. I didn't bother making my own crust. I used a Pillsbury pie crust and it worked just fine (and saved a few steps too!). I ended up making a bunch of small potpies in individual foil pans so that I could freeze a few for later but we ended up eating them all! I will definitely make this again but will make double the recipe so that I can freeze enough for a second meal.

Bobbywildfur's Review

January 06, 2013

sarahksharpe's Review

December 11, 2012
One of the most disappointing recipes of all times! It was a waste of 1.5 hours that I could have spent with my family! It was a pricey dish as well. Very bland! The final product does not warrant the time or $. Do yourself a favor and forgo this recipe!

BeckiSue's Review

March 12, 2011
I took other reviewers' suggestions and reduced the broth from 3 cups to 2. I ended up with a perfect creamy filling. Definitely needed to add salt to the filling. Even though I ended up with a tasty meal, it wasn't tasty enough to warrant all the steps in this recipe.

jmpletch's Review

March 04, 2011
I would definitely make this tasty vegetarian potpie again -- it was my first introduction to parsnips and rutabaga! Although it took about an hour to prepare don't let that deter you; it's worth the effort. I used 4 cups chicken broth (not vegetable) and only 1 cut of milk and used a 9x11" baking dish instead of individual ramekins.

clucky's Review

February 28, 2011
Hard to follow recipe, took 2 hours to make,used many pans and bowls and entirely unremarkable.

FosterSanDiego's Review

February 28, 2011
With some revisions, I think this recipe would be outstanding, but as it is, it's just good. My recommendations: 1) simmer the root veggies for only 5-8 minutes vice the 15 listed because they continue to cook when you put the rammekins back in the oven and got too soft for my taste (I like a little bite to my cooked vegetables) 2) reduce vegetable stock by 1/2 cup to achieve a slightly thicker consistency. 3) If you use homemade vegetable stock like I did, add salt at appropriate points in the recipe or it will taste bland. 4) the dumpling on the