Lazy Man’s Pierogi (aka “Polish Noodles“, “Noodles and Cottage Cheese“) is simple, filling, and a family favorite of all ages.
Growing up in The Coal Region, and in particular my corner of it — Schuylkill County — meant pierogi were a part of everyday life. Meatless meal Fridays, wedding receptions, holiday dinners, and food stands at church picnics and fire company block parties all involved pierogi. I highly suspect the “Dutchie” in me embraces pierogi because of my life long love affair with doughs and noodles.
However much a fan I am though, making pierogi in the traditional form can be labor-intensive and time consuming. That is the top reason making handmade pierogi is often reserved for holidays or other special occasions. This “lazy man’s pierogi” recipe lets you enjoy the taste of traditional pierogi without all the work.
This dish is not the same as Polish “Leniwe Pierogi” (aka “lazy pierogi” in Poland). That “lazy pierogi” is a dish consisting of a mix of flour, egg, and cheese which is then made into a dough, rolled into a log and cut. The pieces of dough turn into dumpling when boiled.
This version of “lazy pierogi” is an Americanized dish that comes together quickly using only five simple pantry and dairy ingredients, plus salt and pepper, to make a quick, hearty meal any night of the week. The dish heats up nicely and makes a great snack or lunch the next day.
My tip for this dish: don’t skip the sour cream. It adds depth and richness to the dish that takes it to the next level.
Lazy Man’s Pierogi or Polish NoodlesCourse: Entree, SidesCuisine: Eastern European, Coal RegionDifficulty: Easy
A quick and easy dish using only 5 ingredients found in the pantry and refrigerator in most kitchens.
1/2 cup butter (one stick)
1 small onion, diced
1 (16 ounce) package egg noodles (width of your choice)
1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in melted butter until softened, 7 to 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook egg noodles in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite; follow package cooking directions for timing. Drain and return to the pot.
- Stir butter and onion mixture, cottage cheese, sour cream, sea salt, and black pepper into the noodles.
- Place the pot over medium heat; cook and stir until heated through and warm watching carefully to avoid sticking or scorching..