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. It goes great with polish sausage - or with breakfast sausage - you can make it the night before to wake up to :)
Ingredients:
6-12 potatoes, peeled & quartered
Pasta - I like farfalle because it has the wiggly edges like lasagne noodles
1 lb shredded cheese(s) of choice
1 cup milk (or cream)
1 lb butter, divided
1-2 onions, chopped
Suggested potato add-ins:more shredded cheese, minced garlic, grated parmesan, bacon bits, sour cream, herbs of choice, salt & pepper

Directions: 

1 - Boil potatoes & pasta. 
2 - While they cook, sautée onions in ½ lb butter, until golden, and set aside.


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


6 - Beginning with pasta, layer ingredients in crock-pot. You can also layer more potato add-ins if desired - I threw in some Tastefully Simple soy bacon bits atop each layer of potatoes.


7 - Finish with a layer of cheese. A sprinkling of grated parmesan is good too :)


8 - Top with the sautéed onions & butter.


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


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


Bon Apétit!



Oven Option  
Layer ingredients in deep dish lasagne pan or casserole dish, lightly sprayed with cooking oil. 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. (To prevent sticking, spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure it does not touch the cheese.)  Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 30 minutes, remove foil, and bake an additional 15-30 minutes.

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9 comments:

  1. This looks absolutely delicious..yum!!

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

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    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!

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  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.

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

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    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.

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  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 :)

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

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