Polish food is like a giant hug on a plate—warm, hearty and full of sausage, cheese and potatoes (aka all of our favorites). We wish our babci were always at our kitchen table, folding up a batch of pierogis or pulling the cabbage rolls out of the oven. But if she can’t be, here are 12 of our favorite dishes to recreate at home.

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Rice, Lentils and Currants

A lighter take on the classic dish, from Coterie member Gena Hamshaw.

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One-pot Lentil Kielbasa Soup

The more smoky sausage, the merrier (with plenty of healthy lentils and veggies to balance it out).

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Potato Latkes

We don’t know why potato pancakes became a Hanukkah-only food. In our household, they’re welcome year-round.

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Cheddar Pierogies

Pasta, potatoes and cheese? Sign us up. It doesn’t get any more classically Polish than this, and we are here for it.

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Cabbage and Noodles

Simple, budget-friendly and oh-so comforting. Best of all, it’s a quick weeknight standby that’s ready in 40 minutes.

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Nutella Babka

OK, your babci probably didn’t use Nutella. But we think it’s a very welcome addition.

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Quick Mashed Potatoes

Serve with kielbasa or another type of Polish sausage. Repeat, ad infinitum.

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Polish Yeast Pancakes

We love these not-too-sweet pancakes for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. (Don’t forget the fruit compote.)

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Cabbage Roll Soup

It just doesn’t get any cozier than this. Serve this comfort food staple with crusty bread and watch it disappear.

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Foil Packet Sausages with Peppers and Onions

We love this totally hands-off recipe for summer cookouts and tailgate parties.

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Polish Borscht

Fun fact: In Poland, this vegetarian soup is traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve. But we love it so much, we eat it all year round.

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Dill Pickle Soup

Honestly, we understand the skepticism. But this creamy, sour soup is a lunch staple in Poland and we can totally see why.

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