This One Skillet Kielbasa Sausage and Pierogies is an easy dinner that only requires 5 minutes of prep for a quick weeknight option! It's full of flavorful sausage, cheese filled pierogies and green beans.
I stood in front of my refrigerator, doors wide open, staring blankly at the contents inside...just willing a ready-made meal to jump out and grab me. Save for some eggs, milk, tired grapes, and a few stalks of celery, those shelves looked pretty darn bare.
But the kielbasa! Weeks earlier I had picked up some turkey kielbasa sausage when I saw it on sale at the grocery store, and then promptly shoved it in the drawer with our lunch meat and forgot about it.
I pulled out that kielbasa and I instantly knew that it was going to form the basis for our dinner that evening -- no last-minute runs to the grocery store necessary! With a box of pierogies, some diced onion, and a bag of cut green beans from the freezer, dinner was practically done!
What Is Kielbasa Sausage?
Kielbasa is a sausage from polish that's usually flavored with garlic and caraway. The difference between Kielbasa and smoked sausage is that the kielbasa is not usually smoked and has a much more powerful garlic flavor.
It's super delicious and can be used in many dishes from simple hotdog buns to chopped up in pasta or one pan skillets like this meal here.
Tips For Making This One Skillet Kielbasa Sausage
- Use frozen pierogies for this, there's no need to thaw them beforehand
- Regular smoked sausage can be used in place of Kielbasa
- I used turkey Kielbasa but any will do
- Don't re-freeze this since the pierogies were previously frozen and thawed
With just 5 minutes of prep, you can have an entire meal that cooks in one skillet -- making clean up a breeze!
And before you run off and assume that your kids won't enjoy kielbasa, just WAIT. Here's a tip from a mom who's been there: don't actually tell the little ones what they're eating.
You don't have to lie, but when I served this meal for the first time my kids looked at their plates and thought that they had seriously lucked out...HOTDOGS and RAVIOLI for dinner! I just didn't correct them, and they happily finished their meals while reveling in their good fortune. I suppose a last-minute dinner from a bare refrigerator isn't such a bad thing after all!
More Recipes Using Sausage;
- Hawaiian Kielbasa Kabobs
- Sheet Pan Italian Sausages with Potatoes
- Foil Pack Sausage and Peppers
- Country Comfort Sausage Casserole
One Skillet Kielbasa Sausage and Pierogies
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 13 ounces fully-cooked Kielbasa turkey sausage sliced into rounds
- 1 16 ounce package frozen cheese pierogies (there’s no need to thaw these in advance)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 10 ounces frozen cut green beans there’s no need to thaw these in advance
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Saute sausage, pierogies, and onion in oil until golden brown and heated through (about 7-8 minutes per side). During the final 5-7 minutes of cooking, add green beans to the skillet and cook until tender.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.