Delicious Vegetarian Irish Pub Pasties Recipe

The savory aroma of freshly baked Irish Pub Pasties is enough to make one’s mouth water. These flaky pastry-filled delights are a staple of Irish pub food and a traditional Irish delicacy. With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, what better way to treat yourself than by indulging in this classic dish?

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I have mastered the recipe for these delectable pasties. My recipe combines traditional Irish ingredients with a vegetarian twist that will tantalize your taste buds without compromising on the rich, savory flavors you would expect from an Irish pub.

The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. The ingredients are easily accessible and the required steps are straightforward, making it perfect for beginner cooks or those who want to impress their friends with an authentic and delicious Irish recipe.

Get ready to embark on a culinary journey through the emerald hills of Dublin with this traditional Irish dish!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Pub Pasties(Vegetarian)
Irish Pub Pasties(Vegetarian)

If you’re a fan of Irish pub food, then you’ll absolutely love this vegetarian twist on the classic Cornish pasties – the Irish Pub Pasties! This dish is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or any day when you crave delicious pub fare.

What’s great about this recipe is that it is not only vegetarian but also easy to make. You don’t need to be a hardcore chef to nail this recipe. Even a novice cook can pull off these scrumptious pasties without much difficulty.

The flaky pastry filled with shredded roast beef, potatoes, and veggies like cabbage, leek, and carrots are perfectly flavored with ground mustard, salt, pepper, and thyme. And if you’re a cheese lover, then just wait until you try the recipe’s unique blend of parmesan and mozzarella cheese tossed in as an added bonus.

The beauty of this recipe is that it doesn’t require many ingredients to create something scrumptiously spectacular. You can easily source all ingredients from your local grocery store.

So if you want to indulge in some traditional Irish pub food made veggie style that’s super easy to make yet taste divine, these Irish Pub Pasties are exactly what you need. They’re perfect for parties or romantic nights in, and I guarantee your guests will be clamoring for the recipe – it’s that good!

Ingredient List

 This Irish Pub Pasty is as picturesque as it is delicious!
This Irish Pub Pasty is as picturesque as it is delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need to make these Irish Pub Pasties:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, cubed
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4-6 tbsp ice water


  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, peeled and finely chopped (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cups finely shredded cabbage
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Note: For a vegetarian version of the traditional Cornish pasty, omit the meat and use this stuffing instead. Butter and any seasonal vegetables add flavor to the filling.

The Recipe How-To

 A lunchtime delight, this recipe is perfect for all those veggies out there.
A lunchtime delight, this recipe is perfect for all those veggies out there.

Now that we have all the necessary ingredients at hand, let us begin our Irish Pub Pasties recipe. As we know, pasties are known for their flaky pastry filled with a mix of meat and vegetables. Our version of Vegetarian Irish Pub Pasties will be made with a filling of leek, green onions, carrots, and cabbage.

The Filling
Sauteing the Vegetables

Firstly, preheat your oven to 400°F. For the filling, add two tablespoons of vegetable oil to a large frying pan over medium heat. Once heated, add 1 small finely diced onion and cook until tender, which will take approximately 6 minutes. Add sliced green onions and leeks and continue sautéing until they are also tender for another 6 minutes. Then add shredded cabbage and 2 cups of peeled and diced carrots into the pan for an additional 5 minutes until they’re cooked through.

Adding the Mustard

Season the mixture with salt, pepper, ground mustard, and thyme to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of brown mustard for an additional flavor punch.

Mixing in Cheese

Once it has been prepared, put mixture aside to cool down slightly. In a separate bowl mix together 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1 cup parmesan cheese then set aside.

The Pastry
Rolling Out the Dough

Roll out two sheets of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface while aiming to create equal squares that can cover the baking sheet when folded over on top of one another.

Placing Cheese & Vegetables

On each square pastry layer(to one half), place half a cup of shredded roast beef, half a cup in total of potatoes(that have already been boiled). Drizzle savory roast beef gravy over it before adding half of the mixed cheese earlier prepared before you add the veggies on top.

Folding and Crimping

Fold over the pastry sides while using beaten egg to seal the edges of both pastry layers together. Take a fork and crimp pastry ends tightly.


Brush the top of pasties with a beaten egg and bake in the preheated oven for approx.35-40 minutes until they golden brown.

Ready to Serve

Serve these straight out of the oven and enjoy this traditional Irish dish that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any other event with friends or family.

Substitutions and Variations

 Feel like you're sitting in a traditional Irish pub with every bite of these vegetarian pasties.
Feel like you’re sitting in a traditional Irish pub with every bite of these vegetarian pasties.

As a chef, I am always interested in experimenting with different variations and substitutions to give my recipes a unique twist. While this Irish Pub Pasties recipe is already amazing, I understand that you may want to try something different from time to time. Here are some substitution and variation suggestions for you to try out for a new experience:

– Vegetarian option: This recipe is meat-free already, which makes it perfect for vegetarians. But if you’d like to make it more plant-based, you can substitute the butter with plant-based butter or margarine, and omit the eggs. You can also use vegetable broth instead of beef broth in the filling.

– Curried Vegetable Pasties: If you’re into spicy and exotic flavors, try curried vegetable pasties by substituting the salt, pepper, and thyme with curry powder. Use sweet potato or squash instead of potatoes, and add peas or chickpeas to the filling.

– Puff Pastry Irish Pasties: For a fancier look and a flakier texture, you can use puff pastry instead of the traditional flaky pastry dough. You can find premade puff pastry at most grocery stores.

– Mashed Potato Filling: If you’re craving potatoes, try using cooked mashed potatoes instead of diced potatoes in the filling. Or mix the diced potatoes with mashed potatoes for an even creamier texture.

– Beef and Parmesan Cheese Pasties: For a cheesy twist on this recipe, add 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese to the filling mixture before baking. You can also substitute mozzarella cheese for parmesan if you prefer a milder flavor.

These variations and substitutions are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Feel free to experiment with different combinations based on your taste preferences. Whether you stick with the traditional Irish pub pasty or opt for something completely different, this recipe offers endless possibilities that will keep your taste buds satisfied. Enjoy your culinary journey!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect picnic snack, easy to transport and even easier to eat!
The perfect picnic snack, easy to transport and even easier to eat!

When it comes to serving and pairing Irish Pub Pasties, the possibilities are truly endless. These savory pastries are a filling and satisfying meal on their own, but they can also be enhanced with a variety of sides and accompaniments to create a complete feast.

One classic way to serve pub pasties is with a simple side salad of mixed greens dressed in a tangy vinaigrette. The crisp, refreshing salad pairs perfectly with the rich and hearty flavors of the pasties. Another great option is to pair the pasties with a creamy potato soup, like traditional Irish potato soup or creamy Colcannon.

For an extra indulgent treat, try serving your pub pasties alongside a few slices of warm apple pie drizzled in thick caramel sauce. The contrast of savory and sweet will tantalize your taste buds and make for an unforgettable meal.

You can also experiment with different flavors and ingredients when making or serving your pub pasties. For example, you might try adding a hint of spicy Dijon mustard to the filling or topping each pastry with a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese before baking. Or, for a vegetarian twist on traditional Cornish pasties, swap out the beef for curried vegetables for an exotic flavor.

No matter how you choose to serve your Irish Pub Pasties, these flaky pastries are sure to be a hit at any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a casual dinner party or looking for an easy weeknight meal, these crowd-pleasing delights are just what you need. So why not give them a try today?

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 If you're looking for comfort food, look no further than these hearty pasties.
If you’re looking for comfort food, look no further than these hearty pasties.

As much as we love making fresh Irish Pub Pasties, sometimes life gets in the way and we need to make them ahead of time or store leftovers for later. Luckily, these pasties are perfect for both scenarios.

To make ahead: You can prepare the pasties up to 24 hours in advance including baking them. Once they are baked, allow them to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container in the fridge. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply reheat in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

To store: If you have leftover pasties, store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply place in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

To freeze: If you want to make a larger batch and save some for later, you can freeze your unbaked pasties. Place your assembled but uncooked pasties on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen solid, transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To cook from frozen, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C), brush the tops of the pasties with beaten egg and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Whether you make these delicious vegetarian pasties ahead of time, store leftovers or even freeze unbaked ones, they always come out flaky and delicious every time.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get ready for a world of flavor with every bite of these delectable pasties.
Get ready for a world of flavor with every bite of these delectable pasties.

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I’ve learned some tips and tricks over the years to achieve the perfect Irish Pub Pasties. Here are some tips to make sure your pasties turn out flaky, golden, and mouth-watering every time.

1. Keep the pastry chilled: It’s important to keep the pastry chilled when working with it. Once you’ve rolled out the pastry, let it rest in the fridge for a few minutes to prevent it from becoming too soft and sticky.

2. Don’t overstuff: Overstuffing can cause the pasty to burst open while cooking, so make sure not to overfill it with too much filling. Only fill it up to 3/4th of the way and leave enough space around the edges for crimping.

3. Crimp the edges tightly: Crimping is an essential step in making pasties as they help seal in all the juices and flavors. Use a fork or your fingers to crimp tightly around the edges and seal any gaps or holes.

4. Add a layer of cheese on top: To add a cheesy twist on traditional pasties recipe, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese or mozzarella cheese on top of the filling before sealing the pastry. The result is a deliciously melted cheesy crust that will take your pasty to another level of yum!

5. Use ground mustard in the filling: Ground mustard adds a zip of flavor to the filling that complements well with all vegetables and savory roast beef.

6. Let them rest before eating: It’s important to let your pasties rest for at least 10 minutes after baking before serving them hot. This allows them to cool down slightly and lets all of the flavors meld together.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your Irish Pub Pasties come out perfectly every time – flaky on the outside and bursting with flavor on the inside!


As you make your way through this Irish Pub Pasties (Vegetarian) recipe, you may come across some questions or concerns. To help ensure that you have a seamless experience making these pasties, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions and provided answers with helpful tips and tricks. So, read on to have all your queries about this recipe addressed!

What is a Celtic pasty?

The dish I’m presenting is a handheld savory pastry that’s traditionally filled with meat and vegetables. My interpretation incorporates corned beef and cabbage, with a generous helping of potatoes – perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

Do they have pasties in Ireland?

A delightful dish called Irish Pasties consists of a buttery pastry with a stuffing made of shredded roast beef and potatoes, garnished with a mouth-watering roast beef sauce either as a topping or a dip.

How to make Belfast pasties?

One of my favorite British dishes is a hearty combination of mashed potatoes, sausage meat, and egg. To make this dish, I start by mixing these ingredients in a bowl and seasoning them with salt and pepper. I ensure that they’re combined thoroughly to create a smooth and flavorful mixture.

Next, I prepare the batter for frying. I pour some flour into a large bowl and add milk and egg to create a smooth mixture. It’s important to ensure that the batter is smooth and without lumps to ensure the perfect texture.

When it comes to frying, I ensure that the oil is heated to the right temperature- hot, but not too hot. Otherwise, there’s a risk that the inside won’t cook through, while the outside will burn. Once the oil is ready, I carefully place spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and fry them until they become golden brown, which usually takes about 5-7 minutes.

These delicious fritters are a perfect side dish or a protein-packed snack, and they’re sure to be a hit with anyone who tries them!

Are Cornish pasties Irish?

The savory pasty has always been popular, especially on a particular holiday associated with Ireland. However, it may come as a surprise that this traditional pie filled with meat and vegetables actually originated in Cornwall.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these Irish Pub Pasties are perfect for any occasion, whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or simply a weeknight dinner. This recipe is easy to prepare and can be customized to fit your personal taste preferences with various substitutions and variations. The flaky pastry filled with shredded roast beef, potatoes, and veggies is topped off with a drizzle of savory roast beef gravy making it a mouth-watering treat that will satisfy any hunger.

Furthermore, this recipe perfectly captures the delicious and traditional Irish flavor that many of us love. So why not give it a try? Whether you’re an experienced chef or just starting in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and will impress all of your dinner guests.

So next time you’re in the mood for some classic pub food, skip the reservations and make your own vegetarian Irish Pub Pasties at home. You won’t be disappointed.

Irish Pub Pasties(Vegetarian)

Irish Pub Pasties(Vegetarian) Recipe

For those of you not familiar with this yummy little treat, a pasty is a hand-held pie filled with savory meat or vegetables & spices. The traditional pub version is usually dipped in batter, then deep fried. This version uses ready-made rolled pie crusts which makes them super easy (and a lot less messy!). From Living Well Spending Less.
Course Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 60 Mins, European, Potato, Vegetable, Weeknight
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 pasties
Calories 757.4kcal


  • 1 onion
  • 1/3 head cabbage
  • 4 small carrots
  • 8 small red potatoes
  • 4 green onions
  • 1 leek
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded parmesan cheese
  • 5 refrigerated rolled pie crusts
  • 10 ounces veggie crumbles (the freezer ones like Morningstar-optional)


  • If using "beef " crumbles, brown in large frying pan, remove from pan, and set aside. Dice onions, carrots, & potatoes. Chop cabbage into small pieces. Thinly slice leeks and green onions.
  • Heat 4 tablespoons of butter in large frying pan over medium heat. Saute onions, green onions, & leeks until tender, approximately 6 minutes. Add cabbage, carrots, & potatoes. Continue cooking over medium heat for 5 more minutes. Reduce heat to low; cover & steam for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, remove pie crusts from refrigerator & preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Whisk 3 eggs, mustard, & spices in large bowl. Remove 1 tablespoon of egg mixture and whisk with 1 tablespoon of water; set aside. Add vegetables, beef crumbles, & cheese to egg mixture and mix well.
  • Unroll pie crusts and cut into quarters using pizza cutter.
  • To make pasties, place one wedge of crust on parchment-paper covered cookie sheet. Place a scoop of the veggie mixture on center of wedge, then cover with a second wedge. Press edges with a fork to seal, then brush with egg & water mixture. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.


Serving: 3927g | Calories: 757.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 70.2g | Protein: 20.4g | Fat: 44.6g | Saturated Fat: 15.9g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1008.7mg | Fiber: 7.5g | Sugar: 5.2g

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