Pierogi Casserole

Pierogi Casserole is a great weeknight dinner made with layers of pierogies, creamy ricotta cheese, smoky kielbasa and cheddar cheese. A fun meal that is also great for parties and potlucks. Always a family favorite.

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Let me start this off by saying I am not Polish and in no way, shape or form am I claiming this recipe is authentic or in fact, Polish. So haters, keep on hating. Everyone else, please enjoy my delicious pierogi casserole!

Can you believe that my first experience with pierogies wasn’t until I was an adult? Yep! I can tell you exactly when, actually. My friend Nathalie, who is actually Polish, brought them over for our Friendsgiving celebration.

She brings them over with freshly cased sausage and fries them up with butter and onions. As I am typing this, I’m craving the butter laden meal.

A few years ago I had an epiphany moment to try and make them into a Pierogi Casserole after seeing a similar concept, Ravioli Casserole or Ravioli Lasagna. Somehow I couldn’t bring myself to call this dish Pierogi Lasagna since there isn’t really a sauce.

Why You’ll Love This Pierogi Casserole

This is a great recipe that is loved by everyone. Here are a few reasons why we do:

  • Simple ingredients – All of these ingredients are super easy to find, and so you probably already have in the refrigerator or pantry.
  • Family friendly – This has become a favorite recipe for my whole family. It’s full of cheesy goodness loved by both kids and adults.
  • Easy to make – With easy prep, this recipe is ready and in the oven in only 15 minutes. Then you let the oven do the rest of the work!
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Ingredients

The simple ingredients of this recipe can easily be found at your local grocery store if you don’t already have them on hand.

  • Butter – I always like to use unsalted butter when cooking. That way I can control the amount of salt that goes into the recipe. If you use salted, just leave out the extra salt in the recipe.
  • Frozen pierogies – The best part about this easy casserole is how versatile it is. You pick the flavor of pierogies! You can choose pierogies filled with caramelized onions, mashed potatoes, sharp cheddar cheese, whatever your whole family will enjoy.
  • Onion – I used a yellow onion for this delicious casserole becuase I like that they’re a little sweeter. We saute them with the pierogies for even more flavor.
  • Ricotta cheese – This is what helps us to achieve the creamy factor of this recipe. Not so much a creamy sauce, but a creamy topping to go on top of the pierogies.
  • Eggs – Eggs act as the binder for this cheesy pierogi casserole. When mixed with the cheeses and seasonings, it creates a wonderful base for the creamy aspect.
  • Fine sea salt – As stated above, leave this out if you used salted butter. You can add this to taste, but it does take the flavor of this easy pierogi casserole up a notch.
  • White pepper – I like the fact that white pepper is a little more mild than black. Freshly ground black pepper is the next best thing to use if you don’t have the white.
  • Cheddar cheese – I mush prefer to shred my own cheese. Pre-shredded cheese has an additive that prevents it from clumping- but it also prevents it from melting smoothly.
  • Kielbasa – I like to add a little protein to my lazy pierogi casserole, and kielbasa is both easy and delicious.
  • Scallions – These are optional, but I like the color, texture and flavor that they add to the top of this pierogi casserole recipe. If you slice them at an angle, they’re even prettier.

How to Make Pierogi Casserole

Easy recipes are a must for busy weeknights, and making this favorite comfort food couldn’t be easier.

  1. Prepare oven and pan. Preheat oven and coat a 2 quart casserole dish or glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. Sauté pierogies. In a large, heavy bottom skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add half of the perogies and chopped yellow onion. When the first half is browned, remove and add second half.
  3. Allow to cool. Fry until lightly browned. Remove to a bowl and allow to cool while preparing other ingredients. 
  4. Combine filling ingredients. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, eggs fine sea salt and ground white pepper. 
  5. Layer pierogies. In casserole dish, place a layer of perogies on the bottom in a single layer, trying to place together and avoid gaps the best you can. Some gaps are inevitable. 
  6. Top with cheese. Top with 1/3 ricotta mixture, 1/3 kielbasa and 1/3 shredded cheddar cheese. Repeat two more times ending with cheddar cheese and kielbasa.
  7. Cover and bake. Loosely over with aluminum foil and bake. 
  8. Remove foil and bake again. Remove aluminum foil and bake for an additional few minutes. 
  9. Allow to cool. Remove and allow to cool, then top with scallions and serve. 

What to Serve with This Pierogi Casserole

Because this casserole is pretty carb heavy, I like to serve mine with veggies or something green. A nice leafy side salad is always a great option, but you can also serve with broccoli, carrots, green beans or any veggie of your choosing.

Most dinners at our house are also served with some sort of crusty bread. A flavorful garlic bread or our easy roll recipe are perfect.

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Variations

I like this recipe just the way it’s written, but there are several ways you can make it your own.

  • Make it crunchy – If you’d like to take this casserole one step further, top with some bread crumbs to make it nice and crunchy. Add them for the last ten minutes of baking and bake until golden brown.
  • Toppings – Because pierogies are traditionally served with sour cream, top each slice with a dollop of sour cream.
  • Meat – If you’re not a big fan of kielbasa, you can swap it out for Italian sausage or even bacon. You can also leave the kielbasa in and just top the casserole with crumbled bacon bits.
  • Sauce – This casserole would also taste great with an alfredo sauce. You can use the jarred version, or make your own with this alfredo recipe.
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Storage and Freezing

Storage: Any leftovers of this best pierogi casserole can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also wrap in plastic wrap.

Freezing: This casserole also freezes well. If you have leftovers to freeze, check out my tips for freezing a casserole here.

pierogi casserole topped with scallions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is traditionally served with perogies?

Pierogies are a traditional Polish meal that is generally served with a creamy element like sour cream, cottage cheese or Greek yogurt. They’re also usually served with caramelized onions.

What is a good sauce to put on perogies?

You can really top pierogies with anything your heart desires. A pesto sauce, bechamel sauce or sour cream would be my top favorites though.

Do you have to boil pierogies before baking?

For this recipe, you do not. You do however, have to sauté them for a few minutes in a large skillet with onions first.

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Pierogi Casserole

4.81 from 47 votes
Pierogi Casserole takes your favorite pierogi and layers them with creamy ricotta, smoky kielbasa and cheddar cheese. A family favorite and great for potlucks and parties! 
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray. 
  • In a large, heavy bottom skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add half of the perogies and chopped yellow onion. When the first half is browned, remove and add second half.
  • Fry until lightly browned. Remove to a bowl and allow to cool while preparing other ingredients. 
  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, eggs fine sea salt and ground white pepper. 
  • In casserole dish, place a layer of perogies on the bottom in a single layer, trying to place together and avoid gaps the best you can. Some gaps are inevitable. 
  • Top with 1/3 ricotta mixture, 1/3 kielbasa and 1/3 shredded cheddar cheese. Repeat two more times ending with cheddar cheese and kielbasa.
  • Loosely over with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes. 
  • Remove aluminum foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes uncovered. 
  • Remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Top with scallions and serve. 
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

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Notes

If you are using frozen, don’t worry if they aren’t 100% thawed. If you use fresh, follow the same process, it will just take less time. Either way, they will heat all the way through during the baking process. 

Nutrition

Calories: 497 kcal, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Protein: 20 g, Fat: 37 g, Saturated Fat: 19 g, Cholesterol: 132 mg, Sodium: 1023 mg, Potassium: 186 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Vitamin A: 775 IU, Vitamin C: 5.9 mg, Calcium: 295 mg, Iron: 1.8 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 497
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Polish
Keyword: casserole recipes, pierogis
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. Wow, this is absolutely fantastic. What a great dish to serve my family. They would absolutely love it!

  2. 5 stars
    I love pierogies but haven’t had them in so long! This casserole is exactly what I need to make so I can remember how much I love them! what an awesome idea to turn them into a delicious casserole!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this last night. It was the perfect meal on a cold night! Easy to make using frozen pierogis and both of my boys ate it. Next time, I might sneak some peas in.

  4. I love this idea…how creative! Such a comforting dish during these cold months…I know my family and I would love this.

  5. This looks like the perfect comfort food! I think it would be fun with mixture of perogies! like you said a surprise in every bite!