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Mushroom, squash and barley pie recipe

Mushroom, squash and barley pie recipe

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This hearty pie has 2 of your 5-a-day in it with mushrooms, squash and cabbage bulking it out along with nutty pearl barley. It's topped with crisp filo pastry and baked until golden. Serve with broccoli on the side for a warming family meal. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 45 mins
  • 504 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian


  • 2 tbsp olive oil​
  • 1 large or 2 small red onions, finely diced
  • 300g closed-cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 150g pearl barley
  • 1 vegetable stock cube, made up to 1ltr
  • 100g soft cheese
  • 250g diced frozen squash
  • ½ Savoy cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 15g fresh parsley, chopped
  • 6 sheets filo pastry
  • 1 broccoli head, cut into florets
If you don't have red onions, try using white, brown or spring onions

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    16g 22%
  • Saturates

    5g 25%
  • Sugars

    11g 12%
  • Salt

    1.4g 23%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 68g Protein 15.9g Fibre 14.2g


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in an ovenproof, shallow casserole dish or a deep frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onions and mushrooms for 6-8 mins until soft. Add the garlic, fry for 1 min, then add the flour. Mix until the flour disappears. 
  2. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Stir the barley into the casserole dish, then add the stock. Boil over a high heat for 20 mins, stirring regularly, until the barley is turning tender and the sauce is thickening (add 100ml water if the water evaporates before the barley is tender, otherwise it will start to stick). Stir in the cheese, squash, cabbage and parsley. Simmer for about 5 mins until thickened again. Remove from the heat. 
  3. If your pan isn’t ovenproof, transfer to a pie dish. Scrunch up the filo sheets and add them to the top of the pie – you don’t need to layer them, just make sure there are lots of folds and peaks. Brush the top of the pastry with the remaining 1 tbsp oil, then bake for 15-20 mins until golden. 
  4. While the pie is cooking, boil the broccoli florets for 4-6 mins until tender; drain well. Serve alongside the pie.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze assembled, unbaked pies. Defrost, then bake as per step 3. In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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