Easy Potato Pierogi Casserole Recipe

All the flavor of a traditional pierogi recipe without all the work! This super easy Potato Pierogi Casserole is simple enough to make on the weeknights. Lasagna noodles layered with cheesy mashed potato filling and drizzled with butter. The ultimate comfort food.

Pierogi Casserole on a white plate with a green salad.

The holidays bring with it the ultimate in family traditions and homemade pierogi is one of our’s. Christmas eve preparations always included hours of making mountains of potato pierogi from scratch with my grandfather at the helm leading the charge.

I was little but it seemed like this was an all day affair, even though it was probably only a few hours at best. These days, my mom is now the pierogi expert making them for a few holidays here and there because they are somewhat labor intensive, especially when the assembly line is now down to just one person. 

I could, seriously, eat homemade pierogies every single day but the effort of making them (and the mess) keeps me from scarfing down those hearty potato dumplings as often as I want. So, I do the next best thing and make this easy Potato Pierogi Casserole to get my fix without the hours of preparation and effort.

We even add this Pierogi Casserole to the menu on occasion to save some time when the holidays seem to creep up on us. It has exactly the same flavor as our homemade pierogi recipe without all the rolling, filling and pinching. It’s just like a Pierogi Lasagna but without all the red sauce.

Potato Pierogi Casserole on two plates.

HOMEMADE PIEROGI CASSEROLE

Pierogi are a small dumpling popular in Eastern European cuisine. They’re made of pierogi dough filled with mainly a potato filling but can also be filled with cabbage or fruit as in plum pierogi.

Pierogi Casserole is layered casserole recipe made of lasagna noodles and a potato pierogi filling. It has the same flavor as homemade pierogies but it so much easier to make.  It’s our preferred way to make our favorite Polish recipe quickly and simply.

Ingredients for potato pierogi filling in a bowl.

HOW TO MAKE PIEROGI CASSEROLE

It couldn’t be easier to make Pierogi Casserole. All you need are a few lasagna noodles and a batch of the best potato pierogi filling. 

Potato pierogi filling in a bowl with a potato masher.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until caramelized.
  3. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes until fork tender. Drain and cool to room temperature.
  4. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl. Add the onions, cottage cheese, cream cheese, butter, salt and pepper.
  5. Mash the potatoes together with the other ingredients using a potato masher.
  6. Prepare the lasagna noodles as directed on the package. Drain and allow to cool slightly. 
  7. Line the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray with three lasagna noodles. 
  8. Cover with 1/3 of the potato mixture and then repeat the layers ending with the remaining lasagna noodles.
  9. Drizzle the remaining butter over the lasagna noodles and cover with foil.
  10. Bake the casserole for 30-35 minutes until heated through. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  11. Allow to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.

Potato Pierogi being assembled in a blue baking dish.

To add a bit of color or a little extra flavor, you can add bacon and cheddar cheese to the potato mixture. Sprinkle with chopped green onions is also an amazing way to amp up this tasty casserole.

WHAT TO SERVE PIEROGI CASSEROLE

Pierogi Casserole is excellent served with a crisp green salad or our favorite green bean side dish.  Kids love it with these easy, yet flavorful, brown butter peas. 

If you want a full on Polish feast, serve alongside this easy Fried Cabbage or this Kielbasa and Cabbage. Sooooo good!

Overhead shot of kielbasa on a bed of fried cabbage on a white rectangular platter.

TIPS FOR MAKING PIEROGI CASSEROLE

  • Noodles – DO NOT OVERCOOK….cook the noodles just to al dente (cooked but still firm to the bite) or they will turn to mush when baked. If you’re not using right away, you can toss in a small amount of olive oil so they don’t stick together.
  • Potatoes – AGAIN, do not over cook. You want them to be soft enough to piece with a fork but still hold together. Salt the water liberally to add flavor to your potatoes while cooking.
  • Assemble – You can assemble the casserole in advance and store, covered tightly, in the refrigerator. Cook as directed.

Pierogi Casserole on a white plate and a green salad

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Easy Potato Pierogi Casserole Recipe

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Polish
Keyword: pierogi casserole
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 424 kcal
Author: Kellie

Easy Potato Pierogi Casserole is a great weeknight dinner. All the flavor of homemade potato pierogi without all the work.

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Ingredients

  • 9 lasagna noodles uncooked
  • 5 large russet potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until caramelized.
  3. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes until fork tender. Drain and cool to room temperature.
  4. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl. Add the onions, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, butter, salt and pepper.
  5. Mash the potatoes together with the other ingredients using a potato masher.
  6. Prepare the lasagna noodles as directed on the package. Drain and allow to cool slightly.
  7. Line the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray with three lasagna noodles.
  8. Cover with 1/3 of the potato mixture and then repeat the layers ending with the remaining lasagna noodles.
  9. Drizzle the remaining butter over the lasagna noodles and cover with foil.
  10. Bake the casserole for 30-35 minutes until heated through. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  11. Allow to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Pierogi casserole can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator wrapped tightly with plastic wrap.

You can also freeze Pierogi Casserole in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Potato Pierogi Casserole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 585mg25%
Potassium 764mg22%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 611IU12%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

4 comments on “Easy Potato Pierogi Casserole Recipe”

  1.  I haven’t made this yet, but like you I love pierogi and don’t like making the dough and  pinching them together.  This is great idea and I can’t wait to make this recipe

  2. Is it ricotta cheese or cottage cheese? If ricotta , how much? The recipe calls for 1&1/2cups cottage cheese. How much ricotta, since that is what I prefer to use. This may be my mistake & if so, my apologies. Otherwise I TY for a response

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