Pauper's Pasties - 17p per portion

This recipe is adapted from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Veg Everyday. I favour a simpler and cheaper pastry which makes these fantastic for work lunches, picnics or a casual supper. Serve with hot baked beans or a homemade crunchy coleslaw.

I haven't made these in a while, but recently I picked up a whole swede for only 20p with no plans for what to do with it. Making these has reminded me how much I love the gently sweet and nutty flavour of this often forgotten vegetable!

Total cost: 82.1p or 17p per portion! Mine in fact cost less because I used reduced swede.

For the pastry

300g plain flour 11.1p

1 tsp salt 1p

4 tbsp (60ml) veg oil 6p

7-8 tbsp cold water

  • Mix the flour and salt together. Gradually work in the oil until the pastry forms a crumb like consistency. Add the water slowly, kneading, until the pastry holds together and is smooth but not soggy. Cover and put in the fridge for 30 mins, whilst you prepare the filling.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

For the filling

75g (1 large) carrot 4p

125g swede (about 1/6th swede) 10p

225g potato 10p

1 onion 5p

1 tsp vegetable bouillon/gravy granules or 1 crumbled stock cube 3p

salt and pepper

1 heaped tsp dried parsley (or handful of fresh if you have it) and a sprinkle or thyme or 2 tsp mixed dried herbs 10p

50g cheese (optional - if added we use vegan cheese)

30g butter/spread 5p

  • Chop the carrots, swede, potato and onion as finely as possible.

  • Mix well with all the other filling ingredients.

  • Remove your lovely pastry baby from the fridge and roll it out so it's about 1/2 cm in thickness.

  • Cut out four or five circles about 20-25cm in diameter using a side plate or pot lid as a guide. Evenly distribute the filling, fold the pastry over and seal by crimping the edges of the pastry.

  • If desired, glaze with milk or veg oil.

  • Bake in the oven at 200 degrees Celcius for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

  • If you have any pastry left, you're morally obliged to make ugly misshapen jam tarts. read that right morally obliged.


  1. These look lovely, and really cheap. definitely going to give them a go!


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