Open leek & sweet potato pie served in a pie dish

Open leek & sweet potato pie

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6

Bake a pie for the ultimate comfort food. Our veggie version with leek and sweet potatoes won't disappoint – and using filo pastry cuts down the fat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal523
  • fat17g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs70g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre8g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 large leeks, washed and sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped into 2cm cubes
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
  • 150g ricotta



    Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of…

  • 2 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 lemon, zested



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 100g robust leafy greens such as cavalo nero or kale, finely shredded, tough core removed
  • 1 small pack dill, chopped
  • 1 pack filo pastry (around 12 sheets)
  • 80g goat’s cheese
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds (optional)
  • peppery salad, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof frying pan. Add the leeks and a pinch of salt, then cook over a medium heat for a couple of mins until beginning to wilt. Tip in the sweet potato, cover the pan then cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 mins until the potato is mostly softened. Stir in the coriander seeds, chilli flakes, garlic and season. Give everything a gentle stir – you want the potato to remain intact as much as possible – then remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the ricotta, eggs and lemon zest with some seasoning. Stir in the greens and dill, then scrape in the sweet potato filling, (set aside the frying pan afterwards) and fold everything together. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.

  3. Lay your first sheet of filo in the frying pan you used for the sweet potato (no need to wash it first). Brush the top with a little oil, then continue to layer the filo, setting each sheet at a different angle and oiling in between the layers until all edges of the pan are covered. Spoon the filling on top of the pastry, dot over the goat’s cheese, then crumple the pastry in over the filling, leaving the centre of the pie exposed. Brush the top with a little more oil and scatter over the nigella seeds, if using.

  4. Turn the hob back on and cook the pie over a medium-low heat for 3 mins to ensure the base is crisp, then transfer to the oven and bake for 12-15 mins until the pastry is crisp and golden. Let the pie cool in the pan for 10 mins before slicing.

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10th Nov, 2018
This went down a year at last night's dinner party. I cooked the sweet potatoes and leek for about 10 minutes longer as recipes for sweet potato / squash never give them long enough if they're not roasted. Can't understand why other people struggled with the flavour though, we all thought it was beautifully balanced. But then the longer cooking time probably helped with that too.
10th Nov, 2018
Made this tonight. Couldn’t tell it was sweet potato and leek, it just tasted of kale and chilli. Not very nice, really not worth making. Shame as I did it for a dinner party.
25th Jan, 2018
Had a go at making this last night. Found that the recommended cooking times were NOT enough to cook the sweet potato, and ended up having to scrape the filling out and blast it in the microwave for six minutes to get the potatoes to cook! I would suggest either cooking in the pan for longer first or pre-microwaving the sweet potato before it goes in to make sure it's thoroughly cooked by the end. We also added bacon to the leeks and topped with cheddar instead of goat's cheese; it tasted delicious!
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zuri xx
30th Jun, 2018
Can chicken be added to this? Will the flavours work? Was going to put chicken in half for my husband
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3rd Jul, 2018
Thanks for your question. We haven't tested this with chicken but think it would work well in this dish. We'd suggest using cooked chicken.
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