Cheese, Potato & Onion Pie – Recipe No. 169

Two ounces of cheese and some sliced onions, sprinkled over the top, go a long way in adding flavour to this simple, tasty and comforting wartime dish.  Don’t limit yourself to just potatoes though. Throw in any leftover root vegetables to add to the potatoes and it will be delicious! Today I added chopped carrot and turnip.

Cheese, Potato & Onion Pie


3 lbs of potatoes chopped (or make up to 3 lbs with any chopped root veg)
2 onions chopped in half and very thinly sliced
2 oz grated cheddar cheese
tablespoon of margarine or butter (or fat saved from bacon)
Thyme, salt and pepper


Scrub vegetables and scrape or peel if necessary.
Chop into smallish pieces (carrot needs longer to cook so if mixed with potatoes make sure the carrot pieces are smaller).
Simmer vegetables until tender in boiling water.
Meanwhile add sliced onion to a pan with a little butter/margarine/fat and saute gently until golden.
When potatoes/vegetables are cooked and tender drain well and then mash with a tablespoon of margarine/butter and lots of seasoning. At this stage you can add extras such as some garlic powder or some chopped sauted garlic to add extra flavour. Mix well and when you are happy with the flavour add to a pie dish.
Sprinkle over the top with some grated cheese and finally the sauted long onion slices spreading out evenly over the top.
Place in a pre-heated hot oven at 220 C until the top is golden. This will take about 20 minutes.

Serves 4 as a main dish with a few green vegetables on the side or 6 as part of a meal.

14 thoughts on “Cheese, Potato & Onion Pie – Recipe No. 169

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  2. Am going to make this for tea this week but was just wondering how big a dish to use?? It looks delicious & autumn is just around the corner……

  3. The pie turned out great. My daughter loved it. She’s vegan so I only put cheese on one half, but she mixed some nutritional yeast with water and put that on top of her half which some vegans use as a cheese substitute.

  4.’m trying this out now. I only had potatoes and a few carrots, and I chopped the onions small already without going back to look at the recipe. But it will do! If I can post a picture, I’ll come back and do that. Otherwise, I can’t see anything going wrong with potatoes, onions and cheese! Although, I tried the vegetable pasties on Tuesday, and although the filling was good all I can say about the pastry is it was more than edible. I’ll have to try again.

  5. Hi, I love this site by the way! Could you tell me if the cooking temperature of 220oC is for a fan oven if not what temperature should I use?

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  7. I am going to try this sounds yummy. I usually have mash left over as i do too much… good way to ise it up. Thanks for recipe.

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