Pierogi Casserole

Pierogi Casserole is a yummy and easy-to-make dish inspired by the classic Polish dumplings called pierogi. This warm and cozy meal combines tasty layers of pasta, cheese, mashed potatoes, and onions, making it perfect for family dinners or potlucks. In this recipe, we'll guide you step-by-step to create a delicious Pierogi Casserole that everyone will love.

With its simple ingredients and comforting flavors, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your home. So, let's get started on this delightful casserole!

Why This Recipe Works

This recipe is perfect for those who love pierogi but want an easier way to enjoy their favorite dish. The casserole has all the delicious flavors you expect from traditional pierogi, but with less effort. Plus, it's a great way to feed a crowd, making it perfect for family gatherings or potlucks.

The ingredients are easy to find, and the casserole can be made ahead, saving you time in the kitchen. The combination of tender noodles, creamy cheese filling, and savory toppings create a satisfying meal that everyone will love.

Ingredients

Lasagna noodles - the base of the casserole, providing structure and texture; substitute with other wide, flat noodles if desired.

Mashed potatoes - give the dish its signature pierogi flavor and creamy consistency; use instant potatoes in a pinch.

Cream cheese - adds richness and creaminess to the filling; substitute with ricotta or cottage cheese if preferred.

Onions - sautéed to add depth and a savory flavor; swap for shallots or leeks for a milder taste.

Cheddar cheese - creates a gooey, cheesy topping; feel free to use your favorite melting cheese instead.

Tips

  • Cook the noodles al dente to prevent them from becoming too soft in the casserole.
  • Season the mashed potatoes well to enhance the overall flavor of the dish.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is softened before mixing it with the potatoes for a smoother filling.
  • Pre-cook the onions until caramelized for a sweeter, more developed flavor.
  • Cover the casserole with foil during baking to prevent over-browning, then uncover for the last few minutes for a golden top.

How to Serve

Serve this Pierogi Casserole warm as a comforting main course, accompanied by a simple green salad or steamed vegetables. Its hearty, satisfying nature makes it a perfect dish for colder months.

  1. As a vegetarian main course, alongside crusty bread and a cucumber salad.
  2. For a more substantial meal, serve with grilled sausage or kielbasa on the side.
  3. As part of a holiday or special occasion buffet, alongside other comforting dishes like roast meats and vegetable sides.

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Pierogi Casserole

This warm and cozy meal combines tasty layers of pasta, cheese, mashed potatoes, and onions, making it perfect for family dinners or potlucks.
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Course: dinner, Vegetarian
Cuisine: American, Polish
Keyword: cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Potatoes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 12 lasagna noodles cooked al dente
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced and sautéed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a large bowl, mix mashed potatoes and cream cheese until smooth.
  • Spread a thin layer of the potato mixture on the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  • Layer 4 lasagna noodles on top of the potato mixture, followed by half of the remaining potato mixture.
  • Repeat with another layer of noodles and the rest of the potato mixture.
  • Top with the final layer of noodles, the sautéed onions, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Nutrition

Calories: 477kcal Carbohydrates: 58g Protein: 16g Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 11g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 57mg Sodium: 307mg Potassium: 482mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Vitamin A: 667IU Vitamin C: 24mg Calcium: 244mg Iron: 1mg

Notes

  • Cook the noodles al dente to prevent them from becoming too soft in the casserole.
  • Season the mashed potatoes well to enhance the overall flavor of the dish.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is softened before mixing it with the potatoes for a smoother filling.
  • Pre-cook the onions until caramelized for a sweeter, more developed flavor.
  • Cover the casserole with foil during baking to prevent over-browning, then uncover for the last few minutes for a golden top.
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