Bacon & Sweetcorn Pie, mash and peas, 32p a serving, Meal Plan 1


Bacon & Sweetcorn Pie, mash and peas, 32p a serving, Meal Plan 1


This recipe is one of those extremely variable ones. You can bake this as a pie, or steam it as a pudding and change the filling in a great many ways. This version costs just 32p a serving, including all sides The bacon & sweetcorn pie features on Meal Plan 1 and can be used as a real blow out Sunday lunch by following it with Baked Marmalade Sponge.

Flavour Variations of the Bacon & Sweetcorn Pie

If you have some, gravy would go well with this. If you like things like steak and kidney pudding, it would be worthwhile trying this cooked in that way. Instead of using a flan dish, put two thirds of the pastry in a one pound pudding basin, pile in the filling and top with the remaining pastry. Cover tightly with a lid or a double layer of greaseproof paper tied round the top of the basin tightly with string, and steam for about 2 hours. Can be done in a slow cooker to save fuel. I generally make a double quantity in a 20cm dish and serve it 2 days running (there are just the two of us here) This is a good base for a pie and once you have mastered it,  it has many variations. You could substitute

  • 70g chicken for the bacon
  • 70g corned beef for the bacon
  • 70g salmon and prawns for the bacon
  • Mushrooms for the sweetcorn
  • Onions for the sweetcorn
  • Add curry paste or powder
  • Add soy sauce and/or fish sauce
  • Add tomato sauce, brown sauce or tomato paste

And of course, any of the variations can also be steamed as a pudding instead of baked as a pie.

This is from Meal Plan 1, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks, all recipes and a shopping list

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Faggots & Gravy
bacon & sweetcorn pie

Bacon & Sweetcorn Pie

Bake this as a pie, or steam it as a pudding
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Main Course
budget meals
freeze by Hare Krishna from the Noun Project
Freezes Well
Servings: 2
Cost per portion 32p
Calories: 805kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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  • 70 g cooking bacon chopped small, £1/600g 11p
  • 50 g onion chopped, Asda SP 70p/kg, 3p
  • 50 g sweetcorn Asda SP 99p/kg, 5p
  • 100 g self-raising flour 45p/1.5kg, 3p
  • 15 g self-raising flour 45p/1.5kg, 3p
  • 50 ml veg oil £1.09/litre, 5p
  • 5 ml veg oil £1.09/litre, 1p

Served with

  • 400 g potatoes cooked and mashed, Asda SP £0.50/kg, 20p
  • 160 g peas Asda SP 68p/kg, 11p


Make The Filling

  • Sauté the onion in the 5ml of oil until soft.
  • Mix the 15g flour with 100ml water and add to the pan. Stir around until thickened.
  • Season, but be light handed with the salt as you will be adding the bacon.
  • Stir in the chopped bacon and sweetcorn.  Leave to cool a little.

Make The Pastry

  • Put the 50ml oil and 100g flour in a bowl and add about 50ml water bit by bit until you have a soft dough. If you have time, the pastry will benefit by being left to rest for a few minutes.  How to make pastry using oil hints. You need to add the water, otherwise, the pastry will be impossible to roll


  • Roll out half of the pastry and use to line a flan dish etc  big enough for two portions. 
  • Pile in the filling mixture and top with the remaining pastry.
  • Bake the pie at 180C/160 fan/Gas 4 for about 30 minutes until golden
  • Meanwhile cook and mash the potatoes and cook the peas.
  • Serve with the mashed potatoes and peas.


Nutrition Facts
Bacon & Sweetcorn Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 805 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 258mg11%
Potassium 1232mg35%
Carbohydrates 86g29%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 678IU14%
Vitamin C 58mg70%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Lee

    Just made this again and filled it with beef mince, peas, onion and gravy. Went down a treat. Thanks for sharing and for all your other recipes.

  2. Lesley

    I’m so glad you found me Margaret, I’m sure we can get your budget down a bit between us.
    There are lots of hearty and filling things you can make for your son to fill him up. Food can be very expensive I know.
    Seemingly boring things like meal planning can make a big difference, using everything up too and stretching the expensive stuff till the pips squeak!
    Do let me know how you get on and if you need a hand with planning etc

  3. Margaret keery

    Thank you so much for the recipes I will certainly try a lot of them. It’s great that I can go back years to read your earliest recipes. Fantastic
    I have only recently joined your site. Am amazed at what you have done
    I’m on state pension so on a budget. Food eats away at my pension there’s only myself and unemployed son who loves his food lm so glad I come across your site thank you.

  4. Lesley

    I tried the pastry as dumplings too, it works very well doesn’t it
    Love a good pasty, never really got the meat right yet

  5. Paul

    I use the scraps of pastry left over from making the pie as dumplings in stews.

    I am going to have a go at making Cornish Pasties using this pastry at the weekend

  6. Lesley

    really glad you like it Paul. There are lots of different filling variants for this pie, plus you can steam it as a pudding as well for yet another version. I love pies!

  7. Paul

    Wow. I love this recipe.
    I never need to buy a shop bought pie again. Why would you. This is so quick and easy to prepare it is going to become a staple in our home. We both work and although we do cook from scratch every day we need to find recipes that are really quick and don’t use up too many pans or too much space (we live in a caravan)This pie is perfect for small space living. Get the filling going, then make the pastry, bung it in the oven, wash up and then get the veg on so when you finish eating you just have two plates and a pan to wash. Brilliant!

  8. Lesley

    Haha, thank you Callen. I love those pies!

  9. callen

    Lesley you legend! Cheap, tasty and quick! Pastry was lovely! Had it with homemade wedges and beans.

  10. Lesley

    Hope you like it Jennie, let me know how you get on

  11. jennie

    Really looking forward to trying this and its variations as well

  12. Lesley

    How lovely, I’m so glad you are enjoying your cooking again and making things that you enjoy

  13. Jayne

    Just made this pie for the second time in 2 weeks, and it’s a firm favourite. My oh doesn’t like mash (and yet I still married him ha ha) so we had it with mixed roasted veg, potatoes (red & sweet) and a couple of carrots. It went down so well last time that this time a made a bigger pie (double recipe) and we will have it again. This time I also added the peas into the filling, yum yum. I couldn’t believe how tasty the filling was with such simple ingredients. I want to thank you Leslie, as I had lost my passion for cooking and relied far too heavily on processed/convenience foods etc, and having followed your meal plans for two weeks I am thoroughly enjoying my little family (me, oh, and our 2 year old son) eating such lovely homemade food. The extra pennies are nice too. Oh, I also made your oat biscuits in plain, cinnamon, and raisin versions, yummy!

  14. Lesley

    First time, wow! You were brave then. Good job it worked then or my name would be mud in your house 🙂

  15. Helen

    Hi found you on pinterest and just made this for dinner. It was lovely the kids loved it! Very excited as it is the first time I have ever made my own pastry and it worked 🙂 Cheap and easy to follow, you’re fab x

  16. Lesley

    Aha, now I understand the confusion. I had indeed put onions and potatoes, when it should have been just onion. There is no potato in the pie filling
    I have changed the post and removed ‘and potatoes’
    Sorry about the gremlins

  17. Kerri

    Why do you say to sauti onions and potatoes? I really want to make this but I’m confused! Please re read the instructions and advise, I believe the last poster was trying to say the same! Thanks

  18. Lesley

    Hi Shirley, the potatoes are not in the filling, they are served as mash to go with it
    There are 400g of potatoes shown just below the ingredients list for the pie itself

  19. Shirley de-Groome

    Love the recipes. How many potatoes do I need for the filling of this Bacon and sweetcorn Pie Recipe? They seem to have been left out of the list of ingredients.


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