Home Made Perogies (vegetarian)

Perogies. Some people call them varenyky. They are pasta dumplings, commonly stuffed with potatoes and cheese, and to me they are comfort food. You can boil them or fry them, and serve them with sauteed onions and sour cream.

Making your own perogies is economical and can greatly reduce the sodium content over store-bought. Mrs T's Potato and Onion variety contain 390 mg of sodium for three, and three of their Potato and Cheddar contain 510mg. Schwanns perogies contain 570mg sodium for the same portion. That seems tame, but who eats only 3 perogies?

Home Made Perogies

For enough dough for four dozen large, or six dozen small perogies:

1 1/2 cups warm water
3 tbsp olive oil
1 egg
4 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 tsp lite salt

In a bowl, combine the water, olive oil, egg and salt. Whisk until the mixture is frothy.

Add four cups of the flour, scraping the sides of the bowl as you stir. When you have a sticky ball of dough, turn it out on the counter and knead in the rest of the flour. Knead another five minutes. 

Pour a little oil in the bowl, and turn the dough around in bowl to coat it with oil. Turn the dough oil-side-up in the bowl, cover with a clean cloth and allow it to rest twenty minutes.

Roll the dough out thinly on a lightly floured countertop. Gently cut strips in the dough, being careful not to scratch your countertop. For larger perogies, make the strips three inches wide. For smaller, make them two inches wide. Carefully cut strips in the other direction, to make squares.

Place a spoonful of filling on each square. Make the amount just enough that you can fold over the square and make a triangle. Seal he edges of the triangle by pinching the dough together. Fill and form each perogy. (If you end up without enough filling or have odd edges, mash the scraps together into a ball to re-roll. The dough will make great noodles when sliced into thin strips.)

Place the perogies in boiling water, about six or eight at a time, depending on the size of your pot. When they are cooked they will float. Take them out of the water with slotted spoon. Melted butter will keep them from sticking together.

[Alternatively, place unboiled perogies on cookie sheets and freeze until solid. Place them in zip-locks and take out as few or as many as you would like to cook at a time. Just pop them in boiling water. They will be just as convenient as store-bought, only much, much better.]


In this recipe, we used homemade cottage cheese, which has far less sodium than store-bought. You could also use cheddar with potatoes. Some people use sauteed sauerkraut or prunes as filling.

1 1/2 cups dry cottage cheese (or drain the cream from store-bought)
1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes
1/2 tsp lite salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
 1/4 cup finely chopped, sauteed onions (optional)


This post is linked to Sunday School, Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios, Make your own! Monday and Ultimate Recipe Swap


  1. These look so good!!! Thanks for letting me know about them!

  2. They look great!!! I was just thinking today about making some, but I always use ricotta or farmers cheese, it's much better than cottage.
    I have never seen pierogi made from a square cuts of dough... :)
    And the name "pierogi" is already plural so there is not need to add the "s" or "es" at the end. Just saying. I'm Polish and I always need to correct it when I see it. Sorry about that :) I hope you're not mad!

    1. Made ricotta today... you're right! That was great in "Varenyky!"

  3. My kids love pierogi! I'm trying these next week! Thank-you.

  4. My husband loves it when we make something similar, he is Russian/Ukrainian and we fill them with mashed potatoes and fried onions.

    1. Fried onions in em? Yum. have you ever tried them with boiled, mashed prunes? They were my favorite as a kid.


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