Scalloped Onion Pie

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You read it right, folks, scalloped onion pie. If you had heard of it, you are one step ahead of me, because when I dug this up out of my little recipe box that has my grandma’s recipes written down, I had to look at it twice.

No potatoes. Nothing but onions and cheese. There are lots of onion pie recipes out there, but all of them use eggs and other ingredients. When I searched,  I couldn’t find a single recipe like this, without egg, without fancy spices When I pulled out this recipe and really thought about it for a while, I could clearly see the Canadian Prairie farm folk influence. What ingenuity, what frugal and smart cooking this is! You use up three onions in a pie for dinner, vegetables that are usually only reserved for small bits of flavor and are always merely an “addition” in recipes, not the feature ingredient.

a slice of Scalloped Onion Pie in a red plate
Scalloped Onion Pie


This is true Canadian farm cooking at it’s finest. It’s frugal, it makes use of a prolific vegetable that grows almost like a weed, stores well in the winter and is cheap to grow. This would have been a meal that cost mere pennies to make, especially since it uses such a very small quantity of cheese. Lard would have been rendered from your own animals, flour bought at the store and cheese made or purchased as well.

This was a “making do” recipe if I have ever seen one.

This would have been served as an inexpensive filling side dish with meat, to warm the bellies after a long hard day’s work on the farm.

small colorful plate with a slice of Scalloped Onion Pie

As skeptical as I was, this turned out to be amazing. My son ate two helpings and we had it with a gorgeous roasted chicken as the main dish – which we then used leftovers to make mini chicken pot pies with.

Rare has a recipe had me thinking so hard about the purpose of it. This recipe resonated with me so deeply about how lucky we are, how spoiled, how out of touch with the farm we are now, living in the city.

Gone are the days where true ingenuity in creating food was born out of necessity, now during our harvest it’s all about how we can make the fanciest pumpkin desserts or the like.

This recipe is a by-gone treasure of the days where harvest meant you made it through the winter and if you had to eat a pie that was all onions, well, at least you fed your family until spring.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

On another note, it also is a really fabulous side dish. If you like onions, then you simply must try this. Try this and think of where it comes from, the hardy prairie folk who invented recipes like this to make use of their harvest in the best ways possible.

Happy cooking!




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Scalloped Onion Pie

Onion pie with cheese, it's better than you think! A fabulous side dish!
5 from 4 votes
a slice of Scalloped Onion Pie in a red plate
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Total Time
50 minutes
Side Dish
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 pastry recipe
  • 3 large onions sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • White sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/ 4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Prepare pastry and line a 9 inch pie plate. Reserve pastry for the top.
  2. Steam the onions for 10-15 minutes until tender.Let onions cool and remove any extra liquid.
  3. Place a layer of onions in the pie dish then cheese, top with the remainder of the onions.
  4. Prepare the white sauce.In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and add the flour and spices,mix together.
  5. Mix in the milk slowly, combining until there are no lumps.
  6. Heat the liquid until it's thickened and comes to a boil.
  7. Pour the white sauce over the onions in the dish evenly.
  8. Place top pie crust on top, pinch seams to seal and cut vents for steam.
  9. Bake at 450 degrees on the bottom rack in your oven for 10 minutes.
  10. Reduce the heat to 350 and cook another 35 minutes, until the pie is nicely browned.Serve with meat.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 219kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 202mg, Potassium: 146mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 190IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 111mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Gail Paton says

    i’m definitely trying this , sounds perfect for a cold, winter day 🙂

  2. Parailliterate says

    I work in home health care and I have a client that loves onions in white sauce (something his mother made) and also scalloped potatoes. While I was searching for a British style cheese and onion pie, I found your recipe. He would LOVE this!!  Thank you. 

  3. Henriette Koster says

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  4. Debbie Jansen says

    I know the weird looks.. I got one from my husband as a pulled a pie from the oven and told him it was an onion

  5. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Hurray a testimonial! Haha! People give me weird looks when I tell them about this pie..but I love it so much!

  6. Sarah Currie says

    Delicious.  Had some tomato jam on the side. Maybe use blue cheese next time. Tonight we used friulano. Accompanied the pie with old school lentils. Thank you for sharing this recipe. My prairie husband also levitates when he eats your flapper pie. 🙂 Thank you.

    5 stars

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      Sarah Currie Fabulous! I’m so glad that you tried it! It’s not the most popular pie haha!

  7. Krista Michelle Gray says

    I just read the directions & heya! The way I make my mac & cheese is similar…make a roux with onion before tossing in the macaroni and shredded cheese. I’m really craving this now…Wednesday night supper will be Onion Pie night 🙂

  8. The Kitchen Magpie says

    It’s VERY much farm food, like, all you had is onions in hard times, that kind of rural frugality.

  9. The Kitchen Magpie says

    That’s so crazy, it might just be awesome!

  10. Debbie Wolf says

    I have tried to recreate it but I made it too saucy. I am glad to have a recipe in print that I can work off of next time. I think it is traditional country eats, the person who made it for me said it was a family thing. They were from northern Quebec.

  11. The Kitchen Magpie says

    It is a fabulous vegetarian main for sure! You are the only person that I’ve heard who’s actually eaten this before!

  12. The Kitchen Magpie says

    I know eh?Me neither. I still can drool over pictures!

  13. Krista Michelle Gray says

    I just ate…but, that means absolutely nothing, lol! Yum!

  14. Debbie Wolf says

    I have had this dish before. A friend in Quebec used to serve it as a main vegetarian dish with a salad. It makes a great summer time dinner.

  15. eatswritesshoot says

    This does indeed sound like a great recipe and one I look forward to trying in the doldrums of winter. Kudos on the reflective nature of this post and getting us all to think about what it meant to get through winter. Root cellars and cold rooms used to be the difference between a good winter and a hungry an bland one …. A good reminder of where we came from and who we ultimately still are …. Thank you for sharing.

    ~ Dale (

  16. Jenn Ward says

    Sent a link to my mom. She is an onion a holic! lol. She will make an onion sandwich so I think this might fit the bill. Thanks for sharing a family recipe

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @Jenn Ward Yes! My grandma used to eat onion sandwiches as well! 

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @Cristina Restante Cymbal Oooh yes, bacon. Mmmmm. that would kick it up a notch!

  17. Amy Melby says

    I like onion flavor, do not like onions though. I’m out for onion pie.

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @Amy Melby Weird, but I still like ya 😉

  18. Charlynn Cox says

    I’m with your son on this one-the thought of it sounds amazing! I’d love to try it!

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      @Charlynn Cox You can bake, give it a shot! 

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