Tired of boxed pierogis, yet intimidated by the thought of making pierogis from scratch? I was. Here's what I came up with as an alternative: pasta shells stuffed with traditional pierogi fillings. It's an easy, delicious meal your family will love.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta shells in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 9 minutes. Drain and arrange at the bottom of the baking dish.

  • Measure 2 cups of water into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high to bring water to a boil, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove water from microwave and immediately add instant mashed potatoes, using a fork to moisten potatoes. Cover and let stand, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir French-fried onions, Cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and jalapeno into potatoes; mix well to combine. Stuff each pasta shell with a heaping teaspoon of the potato mixture.

  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir until translucent and softened, about 5 minutes. Pour butter and onions over stuffed shells. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake stuffed shells in the preheated oven until golden, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

557 calories; protein 11.2g 22% DV; carbohydrates 50.5g 16% DV; fat 33.7g 52% DV; cholesterol 41.8mg 14% DV; sodium 578.3mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2016
Made as written and these turned out good. You the real bacon bits and not the imitation. The fresh onions were good but there was plenty of onion flavor going on with the dried ones so I would probably skip that step the next time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/26/2017
The flavors were good but it was far to rich for our tastes. Read More
4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2016
Made as written and these turned out good. You the real bacon bits and not the imitation. The fresh onions were good but there was plenty of onion flavor going on with the dried ones so I would probably skip that step the next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2020
These were wonderful. Thank you for sending this recipe! We didn’t sauté the onions or use them. We left those out. Very flavorful and I think they will become a staple. The recipe made 22 shells. The only problem I had was that I made them with my grandkids. They liked them so much and kept eating “one” there was barely enough left for grandpa’s dinner. Now that is a great recipe! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/26/2017
The flavors were good but it was far to rich for our tastes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/17/2018
Used real mashed potatoes for the filling and added sour cream. Read More