This cheesy pierogi casserole has potato-filled dumplings coated with a diced ham and cheese sauce and then baked. The whole family will love this easy meal.
My son will readily say that his favorite meal is “pierogi.” This casserole was born from the fact that I was really getting tired of the same frozen pierogi with butter. While it is good, it really needed an upgrade.
The first time I made this for him within the first few bites, he was in heaven, and thus this simple meal became a keeper in our house.
This easy casserole recipe has-
- Two boxes of frozen pierogi
- Diced ham
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Butter, flour, whole milk, and black pepper
Where can you find frozen pierogi?
At my store, they can be found next to the frozen ravioli and tortellini. A typical brand is Mrs. T’s.
You can also make your own easy homemade pierogies using this recipe from Little Ferraro Kitchen.
Getting creative with some of my family’s favorites is so much fun for me. When I wanted a unique dessert, I came up with this Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake. How could I make my husband’s favorite appetizer a little different? Boom Wing Sauce Sliders! Thankfully, my family is up to the task of trying out the end results.
How to make cheesy pierogi casserole
Start by boiling the pierogi in 2 quarts of water for 8 minutes. Dump in a strainer to drain before adding the cheese sauce.
In another pot, add 4 tablespoons of butter and let it melt completely.
Cut open the package of diced ham and add to the pan. Cook for about 1-2 minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons of flour and mix everything together.
Pour in 1 cup of whole milk. Bring it to a low simmer to thicken for 3 minutes.
Sprinkle in the shredded cheese and pepper. Stir continuously and cook for 3-4 minutes until all of the cheese has melted and it has thickened up.
Once the sauce is thickened, combine the cooked and drained pierogi with the ham and cheese sauce.
Add to a 9×13 greased baking dish and top with the remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Can you use leftover holiday ham in casseroles?
Yes. Casseroles are a great way to use up leftover ham within 4 days of when it was originally cooked.
Can you freeze pierogi casserole?
No. This recipe does not freeze well. However, I will buy the frozen boxed pierogi when it is on sale, and cook by the use-by date stamped on the box.
This ham and cheese sauce is also great in macaroni and cheese.
Follow the steps for making the sauce and swap out the pierogi for elbow macaroni.
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All this cheesy goodness is a perfect quick weeknight meal that is kid-approved. And here you are…..
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
Cheesy Pierogi Casserole
- large stockpot
- 9×13 casserole dish
- 2 boxes Mrs. T’s Classic Pierogies Cooked according to package directions
- 8 ounces diced ham
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese halved
- 4 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- black pepper to taste
- Boil the pierogi according to package directions. It typically is 8-10 minutes in 2 quarts of boiling water. Once they are cooked, drain in a strainer.2 boxes Mrs. T’s Classic Pierogies
- In another pot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Add diced ham and cook for 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of flour.8 ounces diced ham, 4 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoon flour
- Add 1 cup milk to the pot and let it simmer for 3 minutes.1 cup whole milk
- Add half the package of cheese to the sauce. Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Season with pepper.8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, black pepper
- Combine the cooked pierogi with the ham and cheese sauce.
- Add to a 9×13 greased baking dish. Top with remaining cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Tips for making this recipe:
- Feel free to use leftover ham in place of packaged diced ham.
- To store: add the remaining casserole to a covered container. Eat within 4 days. reheat portions in the microwave for 1 minute 40 seconds. Do not attempt to freeze.
Originally published in July of 2016. Updated post in August of 2021 with new photos, same great recipe.
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