A recipe that will anger and excite in equal amounts – Cheater Pierogis are an easy way to enjoy all the delicious flavors of pierogis, without all the work! This Pierogi Lasagna or Pierogi Casserole is a simple comfort food meal that your whole family will love!
Cheater Pierogis Recipe
Okay – so I know this isn’t an authentic pierogis recipe. You know this isn’t an authentic pierogis recipe.
Let’s just get that out of the way, shall we?
If you’re looking for authentic pierogis, that recipe is coming up next week – and full disclosure, it’s time-consuming!
But if you’re looking for a simple and easy comfort food that has all of the flavors and textures of pierogis with less of the work – this cheater pierogi casserole is for you.
I decide to skip the precise pierogi dough, and all of that dumpling folding (which is harder than it looks) and go for a layered pierogi dish similar to the concept of cheater cabbage rolls. I used lasagna noodles because they have a similar texture (pierogi dough just usually contains more eggs than a traditional pasta dough, and adds it sour cream for good measure). Plus, like any good (quarter) Italian girl, I always have lasagna noodles in the cupboard.
You probably have all of the ingredients to make these cheater pierogis in your kitchen right now – and you can alter this recipe to contain all of your personal favorite pierogi fillings.
We decided to make ours with lots of potatoes, cheese, garlic, onions and bacon, making this the ultimate comfort food meal! Balance it with some veggies or a salad and you’re all set.
Ingredients for Pierogi Casserole
- 3 cups mashed potatoes
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 package cream cheese (4oz)
- 1 onion
- 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 3 slices bacon
- 1/2 package lasagna noodles
- 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
Tip: feel free to swap out the filling for your preferred pierogi fillings.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- 8″x8″ casserole dish
- Large bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Cheese grater
- Measuring cups and spoons
How to Make Cheater Pierogis
Preheat oven to 375F
If using oven-ready lasagna noodles, soak them in water while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. If using regular noodles, cook them according to package directions.
Cook the bacon in a skillet until fully cooked and then remove to a paper-lined plate.
Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the bacon fat and cook until the onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.
Stir the cooked onions, garlic, sour cream, 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and cream cheese into the mashed potatoes. Crumble and add 2 slices of the cooked bacon.
Line or grease your casserole pan and lay down a layer of cooked noodles.
Spread an even layer of the potato mixture overtop of the noodles – about 1 1/2 cups.
Add another layer of the lasagna noodles, then the remaining potato mixture, and a final layer of noodles.
Top with the remaining shredded cheese and cover with tinfoil.
Bake for 30minutes or until the lasagna appears to be cooked through. Remove the tinfoil and crumble the remaining strip of bacon overtop of the lasagna.
Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes to get the cheese nicely melted.
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