Donovan’s Irish Pasties Recipe

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This Irish Pasties Recipe is a tradition in our family every St. Patrick’s Day. The Donovans introduced pasties to us about 20 years ago and we have been making them ever since, even when it’s not St. Patrick’s Day! 

Hand holding a fork cutting into a Donovan's Irish Pastie with gravy.
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Our sister Elise married into the Donovan family years ago and learned some amazing Irish traditions and recipes that she generously shared with all of us. These Irish Pasties quickly became a traditional recipe that we all love to make on St. Patrick’s Day. Although, I have to admit, this beef and potato mixture baked into pillowy pastry dough is WAY too good to make only once a year and we end up making them almost every time we cook up a roast. Every bite is hearty and flavorful. You don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to serve these Irish Pasties. They are delicious way to use up leftover roast beef all year long. We like to serve these with a big green salad or a side of green peas.

Ingredients in this Irish Pasties Recipe

You can make these hearty pasties with just a few pantry staples. They’re the perfect thing to whip up for dinner when you just don’t know what to make. They’ve saved our dinnertime many times! Here’s all you need:

  • Pot roast beef – Cut it into small inch cubes, chopped into small pieces or shredded with a fork. Terrific time to use up those Sunday leftovers, or you can make a fresh roast just for this recipe. 
  • Potatoes – russet, golden, red, any kind of potato will do. Cut them in to tiny pieces and spread onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. You can season them with a little salt and pepper and a bit of fresh thyme and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil, if desired.
  • Pie crusts – Save time and buy a couple of frozen crusts from the grocery store. Unfold them and cut in half.
  • Add shredded carrots or onion to the mixture, if you like.
  • After baking, use a pastry brush to spread a little butter or an egg wash made from eggs and some water on top for a beautiful golden crust. 
  • For the gravy, simmer some beef stock or broth from from the roast in a skillet. Thicken with corn starch or a little flour.
Donovan's Irish Pasties ingredients including beef roast, potatoes, onion soup mix, beef bouillon, corn starch and pie pastry.

Frequently Asked Questions about Irish Pasties

Can I use frozen hash browns in this recipe?

Yes! If you’re in a time crunch, you can use a bag of frozen hash brown cubes in place of other potatoes.

Do they have pasties in Ireland?

Meat pasties are extremely popular all over the British Isles. They’re a perfect on-the-go lunch. This recipe is the Irish version of pasties. So delicious!

Can I substitute other meat for this pasties recipe?

You can substitute leftover pork roast or roasted chicken in place of a beef roast, but I love the mix of beef and potatoes.

Plate with two baked Irish Pasties. Gravy and extra pasties on the side.

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More Irish Inspired Recipes

We have some other fun recipes that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. You can make it a week full of yummy Irish recipes instead of just one day. Try a loaf of Irish Soda Bread with our savory Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew. Or make up one of our delicious Corned Beef Sandwiches with homemade Russian Dressing with a green Mint Julep to drink. Looking for some green treats? You will love our copycat Shamrock Shakes or Mini Grasshopper Cheesecakes. Or, check out a full list of the Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas.

How to Make this Irish Pasties Recipe

Cut open Donovan's Irish Pastie on a plate with gravy.

The Donovan’s Irish Pasties

4.97 from 28 votes
Irish Pasties are a flaky pastry filled with shredded roast beef and potatoes.  They are drizzled with or dipped in a savory roast beef gravy.  Every bite is hearty and flavorful.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Servings 4



  • 1 pound roast beef cooked, see recipe notes
  • 3-4 potatoes baked or boiled
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 pie crusts purchased or homemade
  • beef gravy prepared


  • drippings from beef roast
  • 1 to 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch mixed with ¼ cup water
  • salt and pepper


  • Cook the roast beef. See methods in recipe notes below.
    Crockpot with unbaked beef roast with water and onion soup mix to make Donovan's Irish Pasties.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Shred the roast or chop into bite size pieces.
    Cut up beef on a cutting board for Donovan's Irish Pasties.
  • Peel and cube the potatoes.
    Cutting board with peeled and cubed potatoes for Donovan's Irish Pasties.
  • Mix the roast, potatoes, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
    Beef and raw potato cubes mixed together in a bowl next to a wooden spoon for Donovan's Irish Pasties filling.
  • Unroll the pie crusts and cut in half.
    Pie pastry cut in half with a pizza cutter for Donovan's Irish Pasties.
  • Put a good amount of filling in each crust, fold over, and seal. 
    Beef and potatoes filled in a half pie pastry for Donovan's Irish Pasties.
  • Place each pastry on a greased cookie sheet. Make a couple of small slits in the top of each crust.
    Hand holding a small knife cutting slits in the top of a single unbaked Donovan's Irish Pastie.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with some melted butter.
    Brushing butter on the top of a baked Donovan's Irish Pastie.
  • Serve with gravy.
    Ladle pouring gravy onto a Donovan's Irish Pastie.

For Beef Gravy

  • Bring ingredients to a boil to thicken, stirring constantly with a whisk.
    Whisking a Pot of hot brown gravy for Donovan's Irish Pasties.


Methods for Preparing the Roast

  • Crockpot: An easy way to prepare the roast is to cook it in a crock pot with 1 cup of water and an onion soup mix along with whatever seasonings you like for 3-4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.  
  • Oven Roasted: See our recipe for oven roasting. This will take about 3 hours.
  • Instant Pot: To save time, prepare the roast in the Instant Pot. This cuts the cooking time in half. The roast can be prepared and ready to go in 1 ½ hours.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 540kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 30gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 2067mgPotassium: 401mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 51mgCalcium: 336mgIron: 5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Recently made this and we fell in love! Such a great and tasty recipe! I will definitely be making again. Especially on St. Patrick’s Day!

  2. 5 stars
    I had never tried these before but always wondered what a pasty was… I’ve read about them in novels by British authors. lol
    ALL the yummy things I love about a roast beef dinner packaged up in a delicious wrapping. Thanks for such an amazingly delicious and easy to make recipe!