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Pierogi Skillet

With sauerkraut, cabbage, onion and egg noodles, this dish has all the flavor of traditional pierogi but without all the work of making the dumplings. Just combine the ingredients in a skillet and let it simmer. I call it “lazy man’s pierogi.”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (27 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and squeezed dry
  • 1 small head cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt


  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook the bacon until almost crisp. Add onion; cook and stir until bacon is crisp and onion is tender. Drain. Add the sauerkraut, cabbage and pepper; mix well. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to package directions; drain. Stir the noodles, butter and salt into cabbage mixture. Cover and simmer 30 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 178 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 888mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Ceege
    Oct 9, 2014

    I thought I might try this but am confused. It says to cook cabbage, etc. for 45 minutes. Since there is no liquid called for in this dish, what keeps the mixture from sticking and burning?

  • badgawrys1
    Sep 19, 2011

    Wonderful. Great taste.

  • galhall
    Apr 11, 2011

    I would cook up some pork chops with the bacon and onion, I also add some Caraway Seed to the sauerhraut, delicious. Don't use too many as is could alter the taste, start small and you can always add some more if needed. This is the way my mom cooked up this recipe and we loved it.

  • awahl
    Jan 12, 2011

    THE WHOLE FAMILY LOVED THIS MEAL! I cut up pork chops and added those to add to the dish. I also bought a bag of the coleslaw mix to use in place of the head of cabbage, that way it was already shredded. REMEMBER: I thought it was silly when it said to let it simmer for so long, BUT ITS NOT...the longer you let it simmer with the noodles, the more flavor the noodles will absorb!! IT WAS FANTASTIC!! Probably my new favorite dish!

  • wildbean75
    Feb 26, 2010

    Not a real Polish dish and some flavors are more superior than others.

  • Jessienc503
    Jun 15, 2009

    My family LOVES this recipe. I make this dish all the time... but instead of using ham, I like using Kielbasa or Smoked Sausage. It compliments the dish well!

  • rummil
    Oct 10, 2008

    I made it once now I have to make it all the time when family gets together...never any leftovers...