This baked Pierogi Casserole recipe is a super easy weeknight meal. Made with convenient frozen pierogi, sausage, and a creamy cheese sauce, this dish is the ultimate comfort food.
And, this is a great make ahead meal – just assemble the casserole ahead of time and heat it when ready.
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quick and easy dinner
Some of you know that my house is being remodeled right now, so I’m without a real kitchen. This hearty casserole is one of the first meals I felt comfortable enough to make in my makeshift kitchen. I found and adapted this recipe from Pillsbury.
It has minimal chopping involved, and very little measuring. Making it perfect for this tiny cooking space I have right now.
What are pierogies?
Pierogi are little dumplings of unleavened dough like a pasta dough that’s filled with things liked whipped potatoes and onions.
A little bit on the grammar, in Polish pierogi is the plural form of pieróg (“dumpling”), but in often in English the word pierogi is treated as either singular or plural. Sometimes you’ll see the word “pierogies”, which some people will tell you is incorrect, but many English speakers use, so you’ll see me use it here as well.
Are pierogies Polish or Russian?
Pierogi is of Polish origin, and as the borders have changed many times, and foods have crossed borders, many cultures have adopted pierogi. My family of Ukrainian origin even had their own pierogi recipe.
This Pierogi Casserole recipe uses frozen pierogies for easy preparation. Of course you can use homemade pierogi if you prefer.
Do you have to boil pierogies before baking?
No, there’s no need to boil chilled precooked pierogi before making this casserole. The instructions have you thaw the dumplings in the microwave so the casserole cooks up nice and hot and evenly.
Do you thaw frozen pierogi before cooking?
No, you don’t have to thaw frozen pierogi before cooking in this casserole. Though I do think it makes the whole dish nice and hot and no cold spots in it, so I recommend thawing them in the microwave first.
But if you don’t want to thaw the pierogies in the microwave first, simply cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for a total of about 30-35 minutes. Then sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top and bake uncovered for 10 minutes.
How to cook pierogies
Frozen pierogies can be cooked in lots of different ways!
Besides this casserole, I love them crisped up in the air fryer. Check out my Air fryer pierogies recipe.
Usually, I boil pierogi just like you would pasta, for about 3 minutes. Drain it and serve with your favorite sauce. I top mine with caramelized onions and sour cream.
They can also be pan fried in butter, about 8 minutes per side.
Where do I find pierogies?
Find packaged premade pierogi in the freezer section of the grocery store. Often next to the frozen ravioli.
What flavor of pierogies should I get?
There are many flavors, and all of the ones I’ve tried are good. The classic one is onion, and it’s great! So really, I don’t think you can go wrong with any flavor.
How to make this recipe
This easy dinner starts with a box of frozen pierogi, then, add in some sausage and some broccoli (so you get a veggie), and top the whole thing with an easy cheese sauce. Bake that in the oven until it’s nice and hot and melty.
The full printable recipe ingredients and instructions are available in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. You can find important tips and tricks in the post.
Preheat oven. Spray 12×8-inch (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
Place frozen pierogies, broccoli, and water in medium microwave-safe bowl and cover. I like to cover the bowl with a microwaveable plate. Microwave on High 2 minutes; stir. Continue microwaving on High 1 & ½ to 2 minutes until thawed. Place pierogies and broccoli evenly in casserole dish. Leaving water behind in the bowl. Top with sausage.
In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, broth, and pepper together. Stir in ½ cup of the cheddar cheese.
Note on shredded cheddar cheese: Normally I recommend shredding the cheese from a block of sharp cheddar. But since I’m without a kitchen currently, I’m using pre-shredded cheese. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but it totally works.
Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over pierogies. Cover with foil; bake 22 to 27 minutes or until center is heated through.
Uncover, and top with remaining cheese; bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
How to Store
Store any leftover casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.
Reheat in the microwave before serving.
You can also freeze leftover casserole in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
Can I make this casserole ahead of time?
Yes, this is a great make ahead casserole.
If you assemble it ahead of time to bake later, keep in mind a cold casserole will take longer to bake. For safety, be sure to cook until the center is heated through and the temperature reaches 165° F, probably 30 minutes covered, then add the cheese and an additional 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
With the dumplings, sausage, and broccoli in the casserole, this is a nice complete meal.
Changes to the recipe
I love casseroles because they can be made into so many things. This one is no exception, and I think there are many changes you could make and it would be great!
Try tortellini or ravioli instead of the pierogi. Heck, I think gnocchi might work as well.
For the kielbasa, try any kind of fully cooked sausage that you like. I used tofurkey brand vegan kielbasa in mine. But you could certainly use your favorite.
Leave out the sausage and use another kind of meat like shredded chicken, bacon, or pork.
Or, leave the kielbasa or proteins out for a meatless meal.
Top the dish with your favorite cheese like mild cheddar, Colby jack cheese, mozzarella, or pepper jack cheese.
Add in more or different veggies. Mushrooms, frozen peas, fresh onions, some fresh spinach leaves, or even chopped cabbage.
Use 1 teaspoon onion powder instead of the dried onion flakes.
You can also use reduced fat versions of the cream cheese and sour cream to lower the calorie count.
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- Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray 12×8-inch (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
- Place frozen pierogies, broccoli, and water in medium microwave-safe bowl and cover. I like to cover the bowl with a microwaveable plate. Microwave on High 2 minutes; stir. Continue microwaving on High 1 & ½ to 2 minutes until thawed. Place pierogies and broccoli evenly in casserole dish. Leaving water behind in the bowl. Top with sausage.16 ounces frozen pierogi, 1 cup frozen broccoli, 1 tablespoon water, 7 ounces kielbasa sausage
- In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, broth, dried onion, and pepper together. Stir in ½ cup of the cheddar cheese.4 ounces cream cheese, ½ cup sour cream, ½ cup low sodium vegetable broth, 1/8 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper, 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
- Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over pierogies. Cover with foil; bake 22 to 27 minutes or until center is heated through.
- Uncover, and top with remaining cheese; bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.