Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crock-Pot Cheesy Pierogi Lasagne

Okay, this is not really lunch - but it could be - it makes yummy leftovers!  :)

So good to come home to! This savoury casserole's layers of pasta, potatoes & cheese are reminiscent of pierogies, mmm. 

I came up with this recipe myself, when I was craving those delectable potato dumplings but had none. I did have leftover mashed potatoes though, & some leftover noodles, that I layered with cheese in a bowl & nuked. It hit the spot! A few days later I made a family-size batch in the crock-pot, which was even better. This dish goes great with polish sausage - or with breakfast sausage - you can make it the night before to wake up to :)
6-12 potatoes, peeled & quartered
1 cup milk (or cream)
1 lb butter, divided
1-2 onions, chopped
1 lb shredded cheese(s) of choice
Olive oil
Pasta of your choice
I like farfalle because it has the wiggly edges like lasagne noodles & the noodle centres tend to be chewier - like pierogi edges :)

Some suggestions for potato add-ins or additional layers:
More shredded cheeses, salt & pepper, minced garlic, grated parmesan, sour cream, cottage cheese, herbs of choice, green onion, chopped or sliced sausage, or bacon bits.


Boil pasta & potatoes until tender - in separate pots - but you knew that :)
While they cook, sautée onions in ½ lb butter, until golden & set aside.

Drain & rinse pasta, set aside while you mash the potatoes. 
Drain potatoes, mash with milk (or cream) & remaining ½ lb butter. 
If desired, add other potato add-ins of choice. I add minced garlic, salt & pepper, grated parmesan, & a handful of shredded sharp cheddar.

Lightly brush or mist crock pot interior with olive oil. Begin with a layer of pasta, then continue layering the ingredients in any order, as many layers as you like. See my add-in suggestions above. I added soy bacon bits this time.

Finish your pierogi lasagne layering with a final layer of shredded cheese, just like a traditional lasagne... but then...

... top it all off with the sautéed onions!

Cover & cook on low all day, or on high if you tend to start late, like me :)

Done when the cheese & onion topping is hot & bubbly!


Bake it in the Oven Option  

Lightly coat deep dish lasagne pan or casserole dish with olive oil. Lasagna noodles are perfect for this baked version. Layer ingredients as in crock pot recipe. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 30 minutes or until top is as browned as you like  :) - OR - Refrigerate until ready to bake. Cover with foil. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 30 minutes, remove foil, and bake an additional 15-30 minutes.


  1. This looks absolutely delicious..yum!!

  2. Wow, gorgeous meal.. I am copying this receipe, can I bake it in the oven instead?

    1. Sure, I've done it in the oven in a lasagne pan as well, gets nice and browned on top that way :) I'll update the post to add that option, thanks for the idea!

  3. Cristi, this looks great and delish :) I have to copy your idea for this weekend. I love using the slowcooker for hectic days. Thanks for sharing.

  4. That's a lot of butter...I'd like to try it with maybe half the butter. Think it would work?

    1. I'm sure it would, I just put that amount because my Sailor Boy likes his potatoes buttery :) Really you could make the mashed potatoes any way you like them - even substitute the instant kind.

  5. My house smells so good right now! I just put it in the crockpot, super excited! I only used half the butter, I'm guessing it will still work?! Thanks again for the recipe...feel free to share more :)

  6. This looks awesome!!! Pinned it :)


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