Cheesy Spinach & Chicken Pierogi Casserole

This casserole is so fast and easy to make using frozen pierogies. It is similar to lasagna but takes a lot less effort and is a real crowd pleaser.
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min

Ingredients

2 tsp olive oil
2 cups onions, diced
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 1/2 inch (1.25 cm)
3 cups Marinara pasta sauce, low-sodium
2 lb potato and cheese pierogies, frozen
10 oz frozen spinach, defrosted
2 cups cheddar cheese, low-fat, shredded
1 tbsp low-sodium sun-dried tomato & herb seasoning
or
1 tbsp your favourite low-sodium seasoning

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Prepare a large baking pan (16 x 12 inches – 40 x 30 cm) by spraying with vegetable oil cooking spray or coating with oil.

  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Dice the onions and cut the chicken breast into bite-size pieces – about ½ inch (1.25 cm) diced. Add to the skillet and cook through and until lightly browned – about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. Spread 1 cup (250 mL) of sauce over bottom of baking pan. Top with the frozen pierogies arranging them flat side down.

  4. Spread the package of defrosted spinach evenly over top of pierogies. It isn’t necessary to wring the spinach out.

  5. Grate cheese. Mix in a bowl with herb seasoning. Sprinkle casserole with half the cheese.

  6. Sprinkle chicken and onion mixture evenly over.

  7. Pour over remaining 2 cups (500 mL) of Marinara sauce. Finish by sprinkling remaining cheese and herb mixture over top.

  8. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until heated through, pierogies are tender and cheese is lightly browned.

Helpful Tip

Pierogies are already cooked and don't have to be boiled before using.

Nutrition Info

Per 250 g serving Amount
Calories380
Protein28 g
Fat8 g
Saturated Fat2.5 g
Carbohydrate50 g
Fibre5 g
Sugar14 g
Cholesterol45 mg
Sodium720 mg
Per 250 g serving % Daily Value
Potassium11
Calcium20
Iron20
Vitamin A60
Vitamin C30
Vitamin B625
Vitamin B1218
Folate27
Zinc13