Cooking with pie dishes

Cooking with pie dishes 

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The humble pie dish is often fondly remembered from our grandma’s kitchen and the days when a hearty steak and kidney pudding or a beef and ale pie were firm favourites. Sticking to traditional pies is missing out on so much, however, as a pie dish can be used to cook all sorts of tasty meals.

Pie dishes to the rescue

Perhaps one of the most well-known alternative uses for a pie dish is to cook a pasta bake. There are all sorts of recipes for pasta bakes and experimentation is very much the order of the day, as pretty much anything goes. The concept is simple – just pan-fry your ingredients, cook your pasta, then throw everything into the dish and cover with a tasty sauce before popping in the oven for about 30 minutes. Whether you choose a tuna bake or go for chicken or a veggie option, nothing could be easier. Here is our recipe for a fabulous tuna and chorizo pasta bake:


1 onion, chopped
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
100g chopped mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, crushed
180g tin of tuna, drained
100g cooking chorizo, chopped
300g dried pasta
mixed herbs
150g cheddar cheese


– Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Fry the onion and garlic gently until soft. Add the chopped tomatoes and herbs and raise the heat. Once bubbling, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

– Cook the pasta, with a pinch of salt, until it is almost done.

– Add the tuna and the chorizo to the sauce, stirring gently. Add the drained pasta and mix thoroughly to ensure the pasta is coated.

– Transfer to a large pie dish and cover with grated cheese. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes until golden. Serve with salad and garlic bread.

Our range of pie dishes

Here at Wares, we stock a huge range of traditional pie dishes in both enamel and ceramic. Our enamel dishes, from legendary manufacturer Falcon, are available in a huge range of sizes and in round, square and oblong shapes. Our Mason Cash range of caneware dishes will be familiar to many, as the iconic styling has not changed much in over 100 years. These are available in round, oblong and the traditional oval shape, again in a variety of sizes.

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