If you love hot, cheesy potato pierogies then you’ll love this Cheesy Pierogi Lasagna with bacon and chives! It’s everything you love in a pierogi but in the perfect potluck-friendly casserole.
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My family L-O-V-E-S fresh, homemade pierogies, but let’s face it they’re a bit labor intensive. That’s why I came up with this Cheesy Pierogi Lasagna! The lasagna noodles provide similar taste and texture to pierogies, plus they’re a lot less work! This pierogi lasagna is SO much easier to make than potato pierogies! It’s also a great dish to bring to potlucks!
For this Cheesy Pierogi Lasagna recipe I added all of my family’s favorite cheese pierogi ingredients plus some crispy bacon. Let’s face it; everything is better with bacon! If you’re a pierogi purest, simply leave the bacon out.
Cook’s Note – Cheesy Pierogi Lasagna:
- This pierogi lasagna can be assembled up to 24 hours in advance, just add 5 minutes to the cooking time when you’re baking a chilled casserole.
- Since this pierogi lasagna is very rich I like to serve it with a nice leafy green salad or steamed vegetables.
- Use a high quality sharp cheddar cheese (I like Tillamook or Kerrygold) in this recipe. Use freshly shredded cheese instead of pre-shredded packaged cheese.
- If you’re feeling super decadent, you can serve this pierogi lasagna with a dollop of sour cream.
Cook’s Tools – Cheesy Pierogi Lasagna:
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- 9 lasagna noodles
- 8 ounces bacon (about 8 slices), sliced thin
- 1 medium onion, diced small
- 4 cups mashed potatoes
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish
- 2 cups (about 8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Move oven rack to middle position and preheat to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray 9x13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray, set aside. Boil and drain noodles as per package instructions.
- Meanwhile in medium skillet over medium-high heat cook bacon until crispy, about 5-8 minutes. Remove bacon with slotted spoon to paper towel-lined plate, and drain off all but 1 tablespoon of bacon grease. Reduce heat to medium, and add onions and sauté until translucent and edges begin to brown, about 6-8 minutes.
- In large mixing bowl add mashed potatoes, cream cheese, chives, onions, half of cooked bacon, and 1 cup shredded cheese. Stir until well combined; season with salt and pepper.
- Lay 3 cooked lasagna noodles on bottom of prepared 9x13 pan followed by ⅓ potato mixture, and ⅓ cup shredded cheese. Repeat 2 more times finishing with shredded cheese. Cover pan with foil and bake 30 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted. Remove foil, top with remaining bacon, and bake 5 more minutes. Remove pan from oven, cool 10 minutes, then slice and serve. Garnish with additional chives.