1/10/21

Cheesy Pierogi and Kielbasa Casserole

A simple one-pan pierogi bake with a quick and easy homemade sauce (no canned soup!), kielbasa, potato dumplings and cheese.


Other than the pierogi and kielbasa, you probably already have all the other ingredients you need to make this in your pantry and fridge. And who knows, maybe you have the pierogi and kielbasa. Maybe you’re awesome like that!

An onion, a little butter, garlic, a drizzle of oil, flour, chicken broth, cheese and half & half is all you need. And if you don’t have chicken broth or half & half, bullion or milk will work fine too!

Cheesy Pierogi and Kielbasa Casserole | A simple one-pan pierogi bake with a quick and easy homemade sauce (no canned soup!), kielbasa, potato dumplings and cheese.
This is a super easy supper idea so full of comfort foods, it’s like a big hug from your granny – the one with the big soft arms who always smells like cold cream and roses.

[cue long, contented sigh]

Cheesy Pierogi and Kielbasa Casserole | A simple one-pan pierogi bake with a quick and easy homemade sauce (no canned soup!), kielbasa, potato dumplings and cheese.
When I was young and single (and broke) and cooking for one, I often made pierogi (hey, cut me some slack, carb consciousness wasn’t a thing back then!). I would sauté some onion and garlic in butter then add pierogi and let it get a little browned and crispy around the edges and it was glorious!

This recipe tastes so much like that! I think the browned kielbasa and then cooking the onion in the seasoned oil give the whole dish that sautéed, layered flavor.

Cheesy Pierogi and Kielbasa Casserole | A simple one-pan pierogi bake with a quick and easy homemade sauce (no canned soup!), kielbasa, potato dumplings and cheese.
Most similar recipes I see online call for Cream of Something soup but the way I see it, you really need to saute the kielbasa and onion (especially the onion) and if you’ve already got a skillet full of buttery cooked onions, all you need to make your own homemade sauce is a little flour and liquid… soooo… why reach for the can?

That's all Cream of Something soup is: a simple flour roux + the "something" + liquid. Except the low fat varieties... they're mostly starch and absolutely dreadful.

Cheesy Pierogi and Kielbasa Casserole | A simple one-pan pierogi bake with a quick and easy homemade sauce (no canned soup!), kielbasa, potato dumplings and cheese.
If your Polish grandma taught you how to make homemade pierogi or if you’re just feeling adventurous, by all means, definitely use homemade! It took me 9 months of social distancing at home to perfect biscuits so I’m not too confident I could tackle homemade pierogi anytime soon.

Don’t tell anybody I couldn’t make biscuits until this year. They might take away my Southerner card.

Be sure to read the recipe notes before assembling your ingredients. There’s a fair amount of wiggle room in making the sauce, which type of pierogi to use, etc.

Cheesy Pierogi and Kielbasa Casserole | A simple one-pan pierogi bake with a quick and easy homemade sauce (no canned soup!), kielbasa, potato dumplings and cheese.

MAKING CHEESY PIEROGI AND KIELBASA CASSEROLE: 

  • One can of chicken broth yields a little more than 1 3/4 cups chicken broth. If using canned broth, simply pour contents of can into a 4-cup measuring pitcher then add half & half until total liquid equals 3 cups. A little more or less of either ingredient is fine – there’s no need to pour out perfectly good chicken broth!
  • Milk can be substituted for half & half if necessary.
  • There’s no need to transfer the ingredients to a baking dish if the skillet you use is oven-safe. Simply sprinkle the shredded cheese over the combined ingredients then place the skillet straight in the oven then bake until the cheese is melted.
  • I made this batch with mini pierogi because my girls like them better. The boxes of mini pierogi I typically use (Mrs. T’s) yields 12.84 ounces vs. the box of regular size pierogi which yields 16 ounces (1-lb). I’ve made this using both and have never needed to make any adjustments. The smaller pierogi have more total surface area which is why I think they work the same with the rest of the recipe.
  • Use any flavor variety pierogi (plain, cheddar, onion, etc.)
  • 4 ounces cheddar yields about 2 cups shredded cheese.
  • Feel free to use colby, monterey jack or marbled cheddar.
  • Substitute smoked sausage if desired. Turkey, pork or beef varieties of smoked sausage or kielbasa will all work fine.

Cheesy Pierogi and Kielbasa Casserole | A simple one-pan pierogi bake with a quick and easy homemade sauce (no canned soup!), kielbasa, potato dumplings and cheese.

This cheesy, potato-y, sausage-studded casserole is awesome with these side dishes:


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Yield: 4-6 Servings
Author: Mandy Rivers | South Your Mouth
Cheesy Pierogi & Kielbasa Casserole

Cheesy Pierogi & Kielbasa Casserole

A simple one-pan pierogi bake with a quick and easy homemade sauce (no canned soup!), kielbasa, potato dumplings and cheese.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. kielbasa
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup half & half
  • 2 boxes frozen pierogi (approximately 1-lb each)
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. See recipe notes before cooking. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice kielbasa into bite-sized pieces then sauté in oil over medium-high heat until browned. Remove kielbasa with a slotted spoon to add to casserole later.
  3. Add onion to the hot oil and pan drippings, then sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Add butter and garlic then continue cooking for 2 minutes.
  5. Add flour then continue cooking for 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper (about 1/2 teaspoon each).
  6. Add chicken broth and half & half then stir and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
  7. Give yourself a pat on the back for making your own homemade Cream of Onion soup! Yeah, ya did!
  8. Add pierogi and cooked kielbasa then gently stir until well incorporated into sauce. Pour into a 2-quart baking dish, top with shredded cheese then bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce around the edges is bubbly.
  9. Serve with sour cream and chopped chives if desired. Enjoy!

Notes:

One can of chicken broth yields a little more than 1 3/4 cups chicken broth. If using canned broth, simply pour contents of can into a 4-cup measuring pitcher then add half & half until total liquid equals 3 cups. A little more or less of either ingredient is fine – there’s no need to pour out perfectly good chicken broth!

Milk can be substituted for half & half if necessary. 

There’s no need to transfer the ingredients to a baking dish if the skillet you use is oven-safe. Simply sprinkle the shredded cheese over the combined ingredients then place the skillet straight in the oven then bake until the cheese is melted.

I made this batch with mini pierogi because my girls like them better. The boxes of mini pierogi I typically use (Mrs. T’s) yields 12.84 ounces vs. the box of regular size pierogi which yields 16 ounces (1-lb). I’ve made this using both and have never needed to make any adjustments. The smaller pierogi have more total surface area which is why I think they work the same with the rest of the recipe. 

Use any flavor variety pierogi (plain, cheddar, onion, etc.)

4 ounces cheddar yields about 2 cups shredded cheese.

Feel free to use colby, monterey jack or marbled cheddar. 

Substitute smoked sausage if desired. Turkey, pork or beef varieties of smoked sausage or kielbasa will all work fine. 


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6 comments:

  1. Saw this new recipe posted last night...making tonight! I'm excited!
    I know it's going to be amazing as ALL of your recipes I have made are! Thank you Mandy for your incredible site and sharing with us!
    I will update after dinner to confirm how amazingly YUMMY this new recipe is!
    Diane T from Michigan ❤

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    1. Oh, Diane, THANK YOU! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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    2. Oh, YES definitely a keeper! MANDY, you hit it out of the ballpark...no...GRAND SLAM with this recipe! (Can't tell I'm a baseball fanatic can you? Lol)Eating leftovers as I write this! Recipe is already bookmarked and added to my regular rotation! To all of Mandy's fans, A MUST TRY!
      Diane T from Michigan ❤✌

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    3. And your kind praise is a walk-off for me!!

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  2. Can’t wait to try. Have everything. Visiting my 90 year old Mom who is of Eastern European descent. She’s already excited

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  3. I was unsure about precooking the pierogi before adding to sauce. I put them in frozen .
    We loved them have made a casserole with them b/4 but this was so good . Also ate them the next night heated in Micro still good . Its the sauce we liked . Hard to find new recipes when your in your 70's We all gave it a 10.

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Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy