Instant Pot Pierogi Casserole made with frozen pierogi, kielbasa and peas is a quick and easy dinner that's creamy, cheesy and delicious comfort food!
Everyone needs a few super quick and easy meals to fall back on, and this easy pierogi casserole with kielbasa is definitely a keeper! Now that school is back in session, I'm all about fast dinners with easy clean-up, so I'm loving Instant Pot recipes right now!
It's easy to make pierogi casserole in the oven -- actually, the kids love Baked Pierogi and Kielbasa. But I used my pressure cooker since it's about 150 degrees out now, and I didn't want to heat up the house.
Use Frozen Pierogi
As much as I love my homemade pierogi recipe, I used frozen pierogies in this casserole for convenience. Nothing wrong with a short cut now and then.
I had to play around with the cook time because pressure cooker pierogi cook super fast. Let's just say that my family ate a lot of these little potato dumplings, but they definitely didn't complain!
This cheesy casserole is quick and easy comfort food, and even my picky eaters loved it. It's also super easy to reheat the leftovers, which really comes in handy when you have after school sports and other activities going on!
How to Make Pressure Cooker Pierogi and Kielbasa Casserole
You could make this a dump and start recipe, but I like to add a little more flavor by cooking onions and the Polish sausage in butter first. Just cook them until the onions are slightly soft.
Next, add the frozen pierogi over the kielbasa. Then, pour the water around the sides of the pressure cooker.
Top with a little bit of butter, and pressure cook the perogies. Since the pierogi are frozen, the pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure, so don't worry!
Gently Stir the Pierogi
After pressure cooking, switch to saute mode, and throw in some frozen peas, along with heavy cream and shredded cheese. You do need to be very gentle when you stir the pierogies and kielbasa so that they don't fall apart.
I usually just carefully lift the pierogi up and around a little while I add the cheese. After the cheese is melted, turn the pot off, and serve the casserole right away.
Or, dump everything into a large casserole dish to allow the casserole to cool down slightly for easier serving. It might seem like there's too much liquid, but the cheese sauce will thicken as it cools down.
It'll be creamy, cheesy and perfect!
Baked Pierogi Kielbasa Casserole
To make the ultimate comfort food, add the pierogi and smoked sausage to a greased casserole dish after pressure cooking, and top with even more cheese. Then, broil for about 5 minutes or until the top is nice and crispy and the casserole is bubbling.
You guys, this cheesy smoked sausage and pierogi really is the ultimate comfort food. It's so dang good!
Instant Pot Pierogi Casserole Recipe
Instant Pot Pierogi Casserole
- 2 tablespoons butter (divided)
- ½ cup onion chopped
- 2 ropes kielbasa sliced
- 24 pierogi frozen
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 2 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded
- Hit SAUTE on the Instant Pot, and when it reads Hot, add 1 tablespoon butter, chopped onions and kielbasa
- Cook until onions are slightly soft, then hit CANCEL
- Add frozen pierogi over kielbasa, then pour in water, and add remaining butter on top
- Place lid on pressure cooker, make sure vent is set to Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 1 minute
- Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure, then cook for 1 minute. Do a quick release, and when pin drops, remove lid, and hit CANCEL
- Pour in the frozen peas and heavy cream, then hit SAUTE and add cheese, 1 cup at a time, stirring VERY gently
- When liquid starts bubbling, hit CANCEL to turn pot off, and serve. Optional -- To help cool down, using hot mitts, carefully lift the inner pot out and pour contents into lightly greased casserole dish.
- Liquid will thicken as casserole cools. To make a baked casserole, layer more cheddar cheese with the pierogi and kielbasa, top with additional cheese, and broil in oven until top is crispy
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
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I hope you enjoy this easy pierogi casserole as much as we do!
jennifer hoffard says
Quick question. Has anyone tried it and added sauerkraut?
D Schattenkirk says
Why not add it at the end?😁
household favorite. so easy to make and there's never any leftovers.
Just made this for lunch. Yummy and quick. It’s a keeper.
I'm super glad that you liked it, Karen. Thanks so much!
What would you do to cut the recipe in 1/2? There are just 2 of us. Thank you.
I haven't tried doing this, but you can cut the ingredients in half. If you have a 6 quart, I'd still use 1/2 cup water so that there is enough liquid for it to reach pressure. The cook time will remain the same.
Thank you so much!
This was delicious! I added 1 tbsp garlic and 4 oz cream cheese that one reviewer recommended. Didn’t have pierogis so substituted ravioli. They held up nicely while stirring. Oh, and I did cut recipe in half and it worked perfectly. Thank you so much for a great recipe!
I'm super happy to hear this! Thank you so much, Linde!
Your notes say an 8qt pot will need more liquid. Do you know how much more liquid? Would love to try this one out in my 8qt IP.
I haven't tried this in my 8 quart, but I'm guessing 1 cup. I'll have to try it to see for sure, though.
Would like to try but don't have a instant pot, do you have a crockpot or oven recipes for this love pierogies
I have never made this in the Crock Pot, so I can't say for sure. You may want to try adding everything to the Crock-Pot except the cheese and peas and cooking on low for 4 hours or until done. Add the cheese and peas in the last half hour or so. I have baked this before in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes or until done.
Vickie Emms says
I was skeptical about adding the peas, but I did and wow! This was the best perogie recipe I have ever used. It passed the grandkid test as "so good Nana". If I could give it 10 *'s I would.
Thank you so much, Vickie! I'm so happy your family liked it!
Heather Ganshorn says
This recipe really lives up to what a lot of people think the Instant Pot is meant to be - a delicious, satisfying meal in under half an hour. Usually I make grilled sausage and perogies with caramelized onions. This took way less time, didn't require me to grill outside in the winter, and my kids loved it.
I'm so happy to hear this, Heather. Thank you!
Made this tonight and it was a little too mushy. Threw it under the broiler for a few minutes and Bam! came out perfect. Thanks for a great recipe!
It does firm up as it cools, but we like it broiled, too! 🙂
Looks really good. Can't wait to try it. Could this recipe work with mini pierogies?
I haven't tried it, but it should. Let me know how it goes.
Jessie Stein says
Made this and doctored it up some using spicy Italian sausage crumbled and browned with the onions and some garlic. Also thickens up the sauce to be creamier using a mix of cheddar and American cheese and some cream cheese. Yum!
So glad you liked the casserole!
The recipe works well, but we discovered that my kids don't like the texture of pierogi and that their love of kielbasa couldn't overcome that "failing". My personal opinion was that it was nice to have something different to do with kielbasa and nice to be able to sit down and rest while the Instant Pot did it's thing. Basically, if you have family members who you know like the ingredients, they should like this simple, easy, impossible to mess up recipe.
What size are your boxes of perogies? I'd like to make this recipe but the perogies I have are in big bags from Costco! How many oz, pounds, or pieces per box so I can so I can know how much to use. Thanks in advance 🙂
I used 2 of Mrs T's 16-oz boxes, each with 12 pierogi. So 24 total pierogi. Let me know how it goes. 🙂
Made this over the weekend. Awesome super easy with the ready made frozen pierogies. Another kid favorite!
Awesome, James! Super glad to hear this!
This sounds so good! I've never tried to make pierogi in the Instant Pot!
It's so easy this way!
Michelle Goth says
I'm ready for fall and comfort food! Can't wait to make this in my IP!
Always looking for new instant pot recipes and this pierogi casserole is definitely a keeper! So yummy!
Thanks a bunch, Taylor! Glad you liked it!
Looks delicious! And best of all, easy!!!
Beth Pierce says
Loving all the delicious flavors in this recipe! Will definitely be adding this to my dinner line up for the week! Yum!
Thanks, Beth! Let me know how it goes.
Wow, this looks so creamy! Such a great dinner on a crazy weeknight.
Exactly. Weeknights are always crazy here!