Potato and onion pierogi with broccoli and walnuts

    serves 4

    Pierogi are Eastern European dumplings similar to ravioli, except that the filling is usually made with potatoes instead of cheese. Frozen pierogi can be found in well-stocked supermarkets.
    1 (12-ounce) box frozen potato and onion


    3 cups small broccoli florets

    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    ½ cup chopped onions

    ½ cup walnut pieces

    ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Cook the pierogi and the broccoli in a pot of salted boiling water until the broccoli is just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well.

    Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove the lid, and stir in the walnuts and red pepper flakes. Add the pierogi and broccoli and cook to lightly brown the pierogi, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. note: If pierogi are unavailable, this recipe is also delicious made with a small chewy pasta such as cavatelli or orecchiette.