Well this is weird.

Minestrone Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Parmesan Biscuits I howsweeteats.com

But you’re in the right place!

Minestrone Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Parmesan Biscuits I howsweeteats.com

I’ve been absolutely cah-raving soup. Badly.

To the point where I couldn’t take it anymore.

And um, soup plus pot pie? I’m pretty sure that is more than a match made in heaven. Yes. More than.

It’s only, like… combining the two most perfect dishes ever. Forevah evah.

Minestrone Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Parmesan Biscuits I howsweeteats.com

And it’s one of the only vehicles that can successfully transport vegetables into my body. Yep.

For the last 3 days I’ve felt like utter crud. NOTHING tastes better than soup when you feel like crud and want nothing more than to take a giant plunger to your nose and mouth. Except maybe Chipotle. And an ice cream sundae. And a milkshake. And pad thai. And Chipotle.

I actually want all of that rightthisminute on a huge platter. Badly. Guess someone’s on the mend.

Minestrone Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Parmesan Biscuits I howsweeteats.com

Soooo… I made this soup after harassing my husband for six straight hours to come to yoga with me. In all honesty – I just needed a good laugh. And obviously something to do with my time. But one of those hurts-your-stomach-and-cheeks giggles.  The best. Because see? About four years ago I coerced him into doing yoga with me and lasted about thirty-three seconds before falling over in hysterics. Funniest stuff ever. I want to show you a video. Badly.

Minestrone Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Parmesan Biscuits I howsweeteats.com

Maybe you had to be there… ?

Minestrone Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Parmesan Biscuits I howsweeteats.com

But anyway.

You know what this is?

A big bowl of comfort. That’s what. That you need tonight. Do it for me. And yourself.

Minestrone Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Parmesan Biscuits I howsweeteats.com


Minestrone Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Parmesan Biscuits

Yield: makes one 9×13 dish, serves 4-6


minestrone pot pie
2 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 cleaned and trimmed leek, thinly sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped baby bella mushrooms
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups cubed butternut squash
3 cups raw spinach leaves
3 cups torn kale leaves
1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz) peeled whole tomatoes
3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1/4 cup parmesan cheese + 1 parmesan cheese rind

whole wheat parm biscuits
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 stick (1/2 cup) cold butter, cut into cubes
1 1/2 cups heavy cream + 2 tablespoons (and more for brushing)


Heat a large pot over medium heat and add chopped bacon. Cook until crispy and fat is rendered, then remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper towel. Add onions and leeks to the pan with a sprinkle of salt, cooking for 5 minutes. Add in mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add spinach, kale, squash, tomatoes, beans, stock and parmesan rind. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook f0r 20 minutes, covered. While soup is cooking, make biscuits below and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

After 20 minutes, stir parmesan and bacon into soup and transfer to the baking dish. Top with biscuits, then brush each biscuit with cream. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

To make biscuits: In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add butter cubes, and using your fingers, a fork or a pastry blender, mix until coarse little crumbles remain. Make a well in the middle of the flour, then add cream and cheese. Stir until a sticky dough forms, then make 8 small rounds of dough.

[slightly adapted from martha]

Minestrone Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Parmesan Biscuits I howsweeteats.com

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117 Responses to “Minestrone Pot Pie with Whole Wheat Parmesan Biscuits.”

  1. #
    Mary W — December 1, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    Holy cow – making pot pie out of something that doesn’t involve chicken or beef is genius! I can’t wait to try it.


  2. #
    Claire — December 1, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    This has Winter Comfort Food written all over it. I love the first picture, so many colorful veggies! Look at you, coming around to vegetables during the holiday season! ;)


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    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — December 1, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    Holy comfort! This looks so delicious right now–it’s freezing in LA and I need some soup!


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    Andrea @ Vegvacious — December 1, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    This looks AH-MAZING!!! I just so happen to have the biggest bunch of kale ever and I will be happy to use up 3 cups in this recipe!!!


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    kristi — December 1, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    It’s my favorite thing ever that my hubs is bad at yoga. I mean, if I have to live with The Quarterback of the Football Team (“once a quarterback, always a quarterback”) and The Duke (known elsewhere as Homecoming King; see previous parenthetical) then at least I get to have fun at his expense when he topples over attempting Warrior I and gets seasick during sun salutations. Bow pose? Fuggetaboudit. Ujaii breathing out the window. LOL!


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    Jess — December 1, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    I follow you through Google Reader and when I saw the title of the post and then the first picture, I actually did double check to make sure I’d clicked on the right blog!! I hope you feel better soon!


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    what katie's baking — December 1, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    mmmm this looks so good.
    i need to make this now. because you said so. :)


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    cherylK — December 1, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    Does this EVER look good!! I’m with you…a marriage of minestrone and pot pie would be irresistible. Winter is fast approaching here in Minnesota and this is the stuff of dreams for winter meals. Thanks! (BTW, I follow you on foodbuzz)


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    Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn — December 1, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    Know what you mean. Lately, me no likey da veggies. They’ve been snuck into smoothies andddd that’s about it. #sadtruth


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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — December 1, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    Love this! I’ve been craving soup badly this week and then of course today there are a million awesome recipes for it in my reader. Except now I’m in Florida and it’s hot out and soup just feels wrong and there is homemade spanikopita in the oven (told you the mil can’t go a day without phyllo!)


  11. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — December 1, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    Your posts crack me up : ) Love this!


  12. #
    CouponClippingCook — December 1, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    Sounds so delicious. Love the idea of making this a pot pie in a casserole form. Lots of healthy ingredients too!


  13. #
    Meaghan O'Connor @ My Spoonful of Inspiration — December 1, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    Biscuits are the epitome of my comfort food. :)


  14. #
    Lisa — December 1, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    ohhhh. NOOO. pot pie is my favorite thing in the worlddd. savory-food wise at least. cookies/ pb are my REAL favorites.
    im making this. idc that I have literally 2 of the listed ingredients I will go out and buy them NOW! :)


  15. #
    Michelle — December 1, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    Italian comfort food! Love it. It’s not weird at all.


  16. #
    Jaclyn — December 1, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    This looks so cozy and tasty. I love the addition of the biscuits on the top.


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    nicole {sweet peony} — December 1, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    uh i was totally confused by that first picture… but then i saw the butternut squash & kale :)

    i loooove eating soup… it’s one of my favorite things! soup topped with parmesan biscuits sounds awesome! and congrats on getting your husband to do yoga with you. i’m pretty sure matt will never ever agree to it no matter how many hours/days/years i pester him.


  18. #
    Katie (Sweet Tater) — December 1, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    best blog on the internet.


  19. #
    betty — December 1, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    I can’t belive you actually used whole wheat, I mean it is good but the I love to taste the real thing :D


  20. #
    Nicola @ unhip squirrel — December 1, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    Haha! You’re crazy! But I love it. This looks SO delicious.


  21. #
    kyleen — December 1, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

    Cookies and soup: the answers to life’s questions. This soup looks so delicious!


  22. #
    MizFit — December 2, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    **proffers OREO** and prints recipes :)


  23. #
    Mad Runner — December 2, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    I have a Butterscotch Gingerbread cookie you can have … in times of stress (or lack of something sweet) no please required… :-).


  24. #
    Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 2, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    What a great dish! I love soup this time of the year it so warm and comforting!


  25. #
    Cara — December 2, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    what a fantastic way to serve soup!


  26. #
    Marie Baars — December 2, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Oh I need this right now. For breakfast and then maybe lunch and dinner too. Looks delish!!


  27. #
    Michelle — December 2, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    Wow, that looks seriously amazing. I LOVE minestrone soup and have been looking for a hearty, but healthy, recipe. I am definitely going to give this a try. Looks delish!


  28. #
    Lisa [With Style and Grace] — December 2, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    how do you think of this stuff?! i want this, right now, minus the gluten.


  29. #
    christina @ ovenadventures — December 2, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    mmmmmm i love that you put biscuit dough on it. genius. i love bread with my soup. i can’t wait to make this.


  30. #
    Amanda @ Thinly Sliced Cucumber — December 2, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    Pot pie is one of my favorite comfort foods, but I never thought of combining it with soup – LOVE this idea! I laughed so hard at your comment about getting your husband to go to yoga class with you. I can get mine to do a yoga video at home with me occasionally, but he draws the line at going to an actual class. I try not to laugh at him, but sometimes the look of concentration on his face when he’s trying not to fall over is sooo funny.


  31. #
    Laura — December 3, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    Looks delicious! I have the Martha recipe in my “to make” file. I may have to try some of your adaptations though!


  32. #
    Raewyn — December 3, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    Oh my giddy aunt…Jessica, I love you. I’ve been sick the past two days, alternating between moaning, “I hatebeingsickIhatebeingsick,” face-down in my pillow, and clutching a box of Kleenex. I have been craving soup like CRAZY. In fact, I even sobbed yesterday because my family got take-out but neglected to get me, the sick child, soup. (Heh, yeah, hormones are out of wack along with my sinuses.) ;)

    Anyhoo…Thank you!! Asking my mom to make this for dinner tonight!


  33. #
    kita — December 4, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    I know you hear this a lot, but Damn girl. I love minestrone and I think it is pure genius to top it with biscuits and make it a pot pie.


  34. #
    thelittleloaf — December 4, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    Love the look of those wholewheat parmesan biscuits – perfect hearty comfort food. Delicious.


  35. #
    elizabeth — December 4, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    I was trolling the internet late night last week looking at sweet things and I came across your blog. I am totally in love, so many tasty treats. I’ve decided to cook my way through your blog to get myself through my first winter as a grad student away from Florida, and in the snow – I deserve it.

    I made this tonight and let me tell you – HOLY POT PIE – AMAZING!

    I am totally the happiest girl in the world right now. Thanks for the recipe – delicious!!!


  36. #
    Diane — December 5, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    I’m sure a yoga video would be hilarious. I had a blast watching my hubby try to fold into yoga positions from the P90X series. LOL


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    shannon mundelius — December 5, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    I’ve got this recipe in the oven right now…one question – I substituted 2% milk for cream…would that make my dough almost runny? I had to add a couple of heaping scoops of flour to the biscuit dough to get it close to workable, and still put it on top of the soup in blobs (doesn’t look anything like your rounds). What did I do wrong???

    Love you blog…cook from it almost weekly!
    Thank you!


    • Jessica — December 5th, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

      Can’t be totally sure – but that is probably why – the milk is much runnier and thinner than the cream!


      • shannon mundelius — December 5th, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

        Ok! It still turned out absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  38. #
    Steph — December 9, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    Wow, so I just made this and…wow. I want to jump in and hibernate in here for the rest of winter. Thanks for posting this! Love your blog!


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    teresa — December 13, 2011 @ 1:30 am

    How did I miss this post!
    Had to giGGle at the yoga story.
    I MADE Greg go with me the first time I ever went to hot yoga here on Bainbridge.
    Now that I’ve practiced hot yoga for over a year now I look back and have NO IDEA how either one of us survived that first class. I WOULD NOT want to see a video.
    Anyhow….i was thinking well maybe Greg liked yoga. I didn’t have a clue how he was feeling during class~I do remember having to think about something really SAD and serious during the 3 “om’s” at the end of class. We were seriously about to GIGGLE out loud…that would not have been cool.
    I had never been around an “OM.” ;)
    Now back to Greg. We get in the car~drenched….and I say “well…how did you like it?”
    He looked at me and said….”SOUTHERN BOYS DON”T DO YOGA!”
    And he’s never been back! ;)
    Maybe if I tell him I’m gonna make him one of JESSICA’s recipes he’ll try it again~
    Hugs and love to you sweet girl!
    I just adore you.


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    Kris — December 16, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    I made this last night and it was deeeee-licious! I subbed pancetta for the bacon & just left it in with the veggies the whole time, and I subbed half-and-half for the heavy cream. This made the dough more like wetter drop biscuits than solid rounds, but they still baked up beautifully. I also threw in some dried parsley and plenty of salt & pepper. Really hearty and yummy. Trader Joe’s sells pre-peeled/sliced butternut squash and cleaned/chopped kale, which helped it come together pretty quickly. Great recipe!


  41. #
    Kylie — December 28, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    I love ALL your recipes. and pictures. and stories.
    I tried this recipe out and it was delicious. Thank YOU!


  42. #
    Alicia — January 7, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    I tried this recipe out on a few unsuspecting friends last night. Big Hit! Ok, so I am really terrible at making shopping lists for myself so I completely forgot to get parmesan and heavy cream. Ooops! I used cheddar in place of the parmesan and 2% milk in the place of the heavy cream.
    Note: Cheddar worked great with the addition of a little dried basil before baking. Also, I had to use about 1/3 less liquid in the biscuits since I used milk. I found that a FANTASTIC addition to this recipe = 2 sweet italian sausage links.

    After dinner I forced my already stuffed guests to eat the blueberry balsamic crisp I made using your recipe. I didn’t do the ice cream but the crisp was so rich and delicious we didn’t need it!

    Thanks for the recipes & fun stories!
    p.s. I just read the “guest” blogs done by your husband and brother. Those were great!


  43. #
    Jeanette — February 26, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Making this recipe for the second time this afternoon – all I have to say, is: best.recipe.ever.


  44. #
    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — October 8, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    made this tonight — adapted it for the crockpot! Yummy!


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    Dara @how_to_eat — October 29, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    I am bringing dinner to my friends who just had twins and this seems like the perfect meal and I have everything at home! Question: Can i make this a day ahead of time? Would you suggest baking it and then reheating it? Thanks!


    • Jessica — October 29th, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      I don’t think I’d make this a day ahead of time – at least not the bread part. You could make the soup part and assemble it, and maybe even make the biscuit dough and refrigerate it before baking, but I wouldn’t bake it a day before serving and reheat. Think about when you bring home any kind of bread from a restaurant – like a sandwich bun or biscuit or even french fries – they get kinda icky when reheated. If you can, try to bake right before serving!


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    Jessica — December 16, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    Quick question.. I make this once a month ( its amazing!!) but the bf isnt a fan of the biscuits on top. Im thinking of just separating his share before putting the dough on mine and baking it. My question is, do I need to cook his share longer in the pot since it isnt going in the oven?


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    Michelle — November 10, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    Made this last year as written and loved it. BUT I was thinking about topping it with your browned butter mashed potatoes (since I can’t decide which I’d rather eat) and making it a shepherd’s pie type deal. Thoughts?!



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