Chickpea Pot Pie with Gouda Biscuit Topping: Why I’m A Winter-Hater

by simplylife on January 22, 2012

We finally had our first real snowfall of the winter in New England.  I am not complaining as last year this time we were shoveling ourselves out of about 6 feet of snow.

Sure, it’s pretty to look at and I love a snow day, but those don’t happen enough to make a season full of cold toes and slippery roads worth it for me.

The past weekend I headed out to the gym and grocery store on Saturday morning.  The snow was coming down just enough to make the roads slippery and the unplowed ones dangerous.  I slowly stepped on the break as I was approaching an upcoming turn.  My car skidded to the side as I hit a curb and the car behind me swerved enough to get around my car.  I was going slow enough that there wasn’t much impact on the car or myself, but enough to still shake me up.  I came way too close to an accident.  My knee was shaking.

After that incident, I was “that car” holding-up traffic as I slowly drove to my destination.  I decided to stick with the motto of “better safe than sorry.”  Even if it made everyone behind me angry.

I finished with my errands as quickly as possible and was relieved when I finally got home, safe and sound.

I wasn’t leaving the house for the rest of the day.

This sounds like a good plan, right? Right.  Except, if you know me, you know I can get stir-crazy sitting in the same place for more than 20 minutes.

I needed an activity to keep me occupied and made staying at home worth it.

This Chickpea Pot Pie with Gouda Biscuit Topping will make even the worst winter-haters (me) happy for at least a short time.  The warm and hearty filling topped with a cheesy biscuit will make you forget all about the dropping temperatures and delayed commute while you savor each bite.

Chickpea Pot Pie with Gouda Biscuit Topping

by Simply Life

Topping adapted from Bon Appetit

Keywords: bake saute entree soup/stew vegetarian cheese potatoes mushrooms fall winter



  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbs. whole wheat (or all purpose) flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
    1/3 cup frozen peas


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbs. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 6 tbs. yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbs. chilled unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated Gouda cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Begin with the filling. Heat olive oil in a large skilled over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion and potato and cook about 3-5 minutes. Add carrots, salt and thyme and cook additional 1-2 minutes. Add in garlic, chickpeas and cook about 30 seconds.

Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook 1 minute. Add in the wine and cook until evaporated, about 3-5 minutes. Add the milk, lower the heat and simmer until it thickens, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in peas, salt and pepper, and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine 2 types of flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and butter and mix with hands until mixture resembles coarse meal (you can also do this in a food processor and blend 5 seconds or in a stand mixer on high-speed with flat burnished beater attached). Add milk and mix/pulse until dough forms moist clumps. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and divide into 4 equal pieces (dough may be sticky; continue to minimally lightly flour surface) and shape into 2/3-inch disks size of serving bowl.

Pour filling into oven-safe serving bowls and top with biscuit crust. Top with gouda cheese and bake on baking sheet about 25-30 minutes, until tops are golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!

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  • Lauren

    I hate driving when it’s really snowy! This looks great 🙂

  • Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking

    Wow. Could you please be my personal chef? This looks glorious! Gouda cheese is my FAVORITE!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    I have lived in an area with no snow for way too long, and I don’t like driving in the snow at all (neither does my husband, which is sadly one of the reasons for very few trips to the mountains in the winter…). I’m glad your incident was so minor, but I totally understand that you were shaken up.

    The pot pies sound wonderful!

    Have a great week!

  • Jenn

    I’m terrified of driving when it snows. Heck, I don’t like to drive on a regular basis so bad weather conditions make it 300% worse!

  • Autumn@GoodEatsGirl

    I hate driving in the snow! So glad that you were okay!

    This pot pie sounds amazing…I love pot pies!

  • Anonymous

    Omg hate driving in snow. So glad you are ok. What a delightful meal to come after such a scary event!

  • Hillary

    Driving in the snow is the WORST. I grew up in New England, and I still can’t stand it.
    This totally makes up for it, though!

  • Daisy

    so scary, glad you avoided an accident! I don’t drive at all so yea, i totally would be.

  • Heather

    I am 100% always the person driving 20 miles under the speed limit when it snows.

    I would rather avoid the $500 deductible for an accident.

    • Simply Life

      Agreed! I just need to not feel pressure from the people behind me anymore!

  • camille

    Goodness, I’m glad you’re ok!

  • Deepa

    Really delicious and fulfilling pot curry. Thank God that you avoided an accident.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • Rebecca

    I hate driving in the rain! Luckily, living in south Louisiana, I’ve never had to deal with driving in snow and ice. Gouda is my favorite cheese and that biscuit topping is making my mouth water!

  • Belinda

    Gosh, I’m so glad you are OK!! It’s time that there was some snow this year. =) Drive safely and sitting tight and enjoying this sounds pretty perfect to me.

  • Allie @ PickyEatingRD

    I am such a paranoid driver but I have gotten a little bit better. I used to freak out when it would snow but now since I am forced to drive to work etc. I embrace it a little more.

  • The Cookie Sleuth

    I’m glad your accident wasn’t more serious!

  • Jolene (Everydayfoodie)

    I hate driving when it is really icy, but bad weather is pretty much a given in the winter here … it can get pretty bad. Glad to hear that you made it home safe. Great looking dish – especially the topping!

  • Kiran @

    Thank god you were fine! We were in NYC during Christmas holidays 2010, and was in a car with friends when it skidded/slipped so badly due to icy roads. It was so scary!!!!!

    Love your twist on this delicious pot pie 😀

  • Singerinkitchen

    This looks fantastic!

  • meri

    This looks like the perfect meal for hibernating from winter!

  • Yummychunklet

    The gouda biscuit topping sounds delicious. And, the slippery roads always make me nervous in the winter.

  • Lena @Fit on the Rocks

    OMG sounds soooo delicious! I’m glad you’re okay. I’m comfortable driving in most crappy conditions, but I hate driving in torrential rains, fog, and blackout snow. Nobody can see, and it’s scary as sh*t

    • Simply Life


  • Lubna Karim

    Wow…that’s an winter warmer recipe…..looks extremely delectable….

  • Meghan Smith

    Just your pictures of this amazing dish make me hate winter a little bit less!

  • Priya

    Wat a prefectly baked pie, looks absolutely stunning and incredible..

  • Maris Callahan

    I am very glad that you are ok. This looks fabulous and well worth that trip to the store!

  • Colleen

    So glad you’re okay! Saturday around this area was not fun for driving! We went bridesmaid dress shopping, and one of my bridesmaids did a 180 on the highway on her way to meet us! So scary. Thankfully she was 100% okay, as was her car… And on a different note, I have to say, this pot pie is quite the fabulous dish. Well done. 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Oh that is TERRIFYING! I’m glad she’s okay! Hope the dress shopping was fun! 🙂

  • Ruth

    This looks really lovely! The cheese on to makes it so comforting – defnitely one for the winter!

  • Anonymous

    Aww, I’m glad you are okay! It is so scary when you feel like you’ve had a close call. I get a little nervous driving in the snow, but at the moment, I am just about to start practicing to take my driving test in England. My US license doesn’t work here after the first year, and I am terrified! All the roads are so narrow!

    Hope the roads are all plowed now and you feel better about driving again.


  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    Gouda biscuits?!! YES. Love this!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    This pot pie looks and sounds amazing!

  • CrunchyCreamySweet

    Sounds like you had quite a day! I wouldn’t leave the house either. The pot pies – yum!

  • Mom

    It sounded scary being in the car at that moment…I’M SO SO VERY GLAD THAT YOU AVOIDED AN ACCIDENT!!!!! I hate bad driving conditions and start loading up on anything I may need in the house at the hint of oncoming bad weather. I have learned one very important lesson the hard way: stay on the main roads and get the thought out of my head that if I take the side streets I can take my time; they are way too dangerous! Now, I go at my own comfortable pace and try not to think about how angry other drivers may get. I just want to get there safely with the least amount of risk possible. We just had our biggest snow fall of the year here on Friday (the day of an interview in the midst of the storm) and your dad was kind enough to drive me to an interview and wait for me which ended taking a total of 3 hours of time to pass!!!

    Your potpie with that homemade crust is AMAZING!!! You are the 1st person I’ve ever heard of making this from scratch. I accidently pressed a button and the picture zoomed in and “wow”; it looked even more delicious!!! You are so great to give such details to the preparation so that anyone can try to re-create your meals!!!

  • Em (WIne and Butter)

    That looks totally freaking delicious! Im trying to keep my meals on the lighter side for now (lets forget yesterday fried cheese sandwich please) BUT once Im back to pre-xmas weight I’ll be all over this! Glad youre safe! xox

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I feel the same way about driving in snow, especially when it’s icy and/or windy! This pot pie looks so great though, especially for a cold and snowy day.

  • eatingRD

    so glad you came out safe!! that would really scare me too. I hate winters but ours aren’t even as bad as yours! I am definitely a cold weather wimp. Looks like a delicious and comforting meal 🙂

  • JoJo

    Goudha biscuit top… sounds irresistible!

  • Brittany

    Hell to the yes I get scared! It was ridiculous here for like 3 days and the first day I drove to work my brakes wouldn’t work! I was so scared. Thankfully the snow is now gone. The roads have still been freezing over night, but I have no problem driving slow! To hell with the people behind me that think it’s OK to speed by me.

    • Simply Life

      Phew! Glad to hear you’re okay- that sounds pretty scary with your brakes not working!!!

  • Kristabel@RaceReady

    We got some rain today and I haven’t left the house haha. So Cal girl. 🙂

  • Zoe

    We are lucky that we don’t get snow for our winter in Melbourne. At least, cooking this beautiful would make you feel good or better…

  • Lynn Chen

    this sounds so good! i hate winter too. even in LA!!!

  • Shannon

    ooh, how delicious!! snow can be tough, but i actually found a complete downpour down south more difficult… glad you were safe and able to warm up with this delicious pot pie 🙂

  • Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    Wow, this looks delicious!
    Living in LV, we don’t get much snow here.. or rain for that matter. So when we get either one of those, all drivers here I think freak out a bit. We just aren’t used to it.
    Stay warm..and safe!! 🙂

  • Khushboo

    I get scared to drive in Mumbai period because it’s not exactly filled with the safest of drivers…throw snow into the equation and I’m not sure I could handle sitting in the car!

  • decocinasytacones

    This is what I call comfort food!. And looks really good!
    Love Gina.

  • Beth Michelle

    I am sooo making this! looks amazing.

  • Kel@thekelshow

    This was delicious! I added an additional 1/2 cup flour to the dough; mine was just not coming together!

    I had an accident on Thursday; it was clear and sunny. Sometimes you just can’t control the other drivers!

    • Simply Life

      Oh I’m SO glad to hear you liked it- THANKS for letting me know!!!

      So sorry to hear about your accident- I hope everyone is okay!

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