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Vegetable pies with polenta

Serves 4

Prep Time 15 min

Cooking Time 30 min


  • 2tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 4tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • ½ small bunch of fresh basil, chopped
  • 75g baby spinach
  • 400g tin borlotti beans in water, drained
  • 500ml skimmed milk
  • 150g instant polenta
  • 1tsp lemon zest
  • 25g parmesan-style vegetarian cheese, grated
  • Mixed leaves, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the onion, carrots, celery and pepper for 5–7 min until they start to soften. Add the oregano, garlic and chilli flakes and cook, stirring, for about 1 min.
  2. Add the tomato purée, tinned tomatoes and 125ml cold water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 min or until the vegetables are cooked through and the sauce thickened. Add the basil, spinach and beans. Cook, stirring, for 1 min or until heated through.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the milk with 150ml cold water in a medium pan. Bring to the boil over a medium-high heat, then slowly pour in the polenta, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring, for 2 min or until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest. Set aside for 2 min to thicken further.
  4. Heat the grill to high. Spoon the bean mixture into 4 x 500ml ovenproof dishes or a 2-litre ovenproof dish. Top with the polenta and sprinkle with the cheese. Grill for 5 min or until the cheese melts and starts to brown. Serve with the mixed salad leaves.

Nutrition per serving

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346 17.5g 5.4g 1.8g 5.6g 20.2g 0.7g 320mg 58.4g 2.4mg

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