Baked Pierogi Casserole

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5 from 5 votes
Baked Pierogi Casserole is pure, unadulterated comfort food! Warm pasta, mashed potatoes and gooey cheese. It is so quick, easy and delicious.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Baked Pierogi Casserole

Baked Pierogi Casserole is pure, unadulterated comfort food! Warm pasta, mashed potatoes and gooey cheese. It is so quick, easy and delicious.

Baked Pierogi Casserole

Baked Pierogi Casserole is a wonderful way to make a satisfying meal in thirty minutes. You don’t need to make fresh dough, roll out pockets and fill them for homemade pierogies. This recipe replicates the taste without all the work. Poland did not originate the pierogi find out some history here.

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What We Love About This Recipe

Every time I make this dish, though, it gets gobbled up so fast there are barely any leftovers! This is one of those easy recipes that is the perfect way to get your kids to eat a potato casserole. It is a great recipe for busy weeknights or game day.

This is one of those potato recipes that you can add cup of cheddar cheese or parmesan cheese or salty bacon and it will always be wonderful. Throw leftovers in a freezer bag for later, it is such an easy recipe just put into a pre heat oven and cook until golden brown.

Another great thing about this recipe is you can assemble it in advance and bake it off when you need it.  Oh, I almost forgot, I usually use whole grain pasta when I make this.  It’s my attempt to try to add some nutrition to this dish!

  • 30 Minute Meal: Done in thirty minutes and it is so easy the whole family will love this easy casserole.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry and the fridge.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, meat free, dairy free, etc…
  • Makes Great Leftovers: If you think this recipe is good the first time around, the leftovers are even better! Perfect meal for a busy days.
Baked Pierogi Casserole on a wooden plate.

Ingredient Notes

  • Cooked Pasta: Elbows or any pasta you have on hand.
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes: In this recipe they really do work the best.
  • Cheese: The ones wrapped in plastic are perfect for this recipe.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Pierogi Lasagna

These are the basic steps for making pierogi lasagna. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions. The pierogi recipes are better than the frozen pierogies you buy in the grocery store and this great recipe is a new way to make them.

STEP 1: PREP

First, pre heat oven to 350 degrees and then melt butter in a saucepan. Slice onions and then place in melted butter.

STEP 2: LAYER

Next, layer half of the macaroni into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish, sprayed with vegetable spray or olive oil .  Add 1/3 of the melted butter and onions.  Place half of the cheese in a single layer on top of the macaroni and then layer half of the mashed potatoes on top of the cheese.  Add another 1/3 of the butter and onions.

STEP 3: BAKE

Repeat the layers – macaroni, butter/onions, cheese and potatoes.  Finally, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Pierogi Casserole

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Really it is so easy to assemble. Cook the pasta in advance, you can also make the instant mashed potatoes ahead of time and keep both in the fridge until ready to make.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Cover with foil or plastic wrap and store leftovers in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Make a double batch and store in the casserole dish. Wrap in plastic wrap and then foil to freeze.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Thaw the perogie casserole in fridge overnight and then follow the baking directions in the recipe card below.

Frequently Asked Questions about this Pierogi Casserole Recipes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE DAIRY FREE?

Margarine and a dairy free cheese can be used in this recipe.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT CHEESE?

Of course, while the american cheese really works well you can use cheddar, feta or any cheese that you have on hand or a combination of several.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, make the portion size that you need for your family. If doubling simply place into two casserole dishes.

WHAT PASTA SHOULD I USE?

Elbows work great however, you can use lasagna noodles, egg noodles or whatever your family likes. Whole wheat or gluten free pasta works too.

Baked Pierogi Casserole in closeup.

Expert Tips for Making This Pierogi Bake Recipe

  • Add Meat: Kielbasa,cooked sausage, pork chops or other lean meat use as a side dish or main dish.
  • Vegetables: Spinach, sauerkraut or other vegetables can be added.
  • Toppings: Top with sour cream, green onions, more cheese or fresh herbs or black pepper,caramelized onions. Dip in alfredo sauce or pasta sauce.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Use the Instant Pot or slow cooker to make this recipe, they both work great.

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Baked Pierogi Casserole
5 from 5 votes

Baked Pierogi Casserole

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Baked Pierogi Casserole is pure, unadulterated comfort food! Warm pasta, mashed potatoes and gooey cheese. It is so quick, easy and delicious.
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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 6 servings instant mashed potatoes
  • 16 slices American cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice onion and place in melted butter.
  • Layer half of the macaroni into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish. Add 1/3 of the melted butter and onions.
  • Place half of the cheese in a single layer on top of the macaroni.
  • Layer half of the mashed potatoes on top of the cheese. Add another 1/3 of the butter and onions.
  • Repeat the layers – macaroni, butter/onions, cheese and potatoes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.

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Expert Tips

  • Add Meat: Kielbasa or other cooked sausage.
  • Vegetables: Spinach, sauerkraut or other vegetables can be added.
  • Toppings: Top with sour cream, more cheese or fresh herbs.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Use the Instant Pot or slow cooker to make this recipe, they both work great.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 752kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 1416mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 908mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute meal

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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8 thoughts on “Baked Pierogi Casserole”

  1. 5 stars
    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make american pierogies recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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  2. I made this the other night for dinner and LOVED it! I used real potatoes instead of instant and I used cheddar cheese. Next time I am going to make this without all the butter and instead oil the baking dish. Then people can add butter on top if they want. I also think I will make it into Spinach Feta Pierogis which are my favorite (plus it will add some nutritional value!)

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  3. This does look good – but you should make real pierogies someday (the Polish kind – with the home made farmers cheese!) They are very good.

    Things for posting this recipe – we will have to try it!

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