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Easy Scalloped Potatoes

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These easy scalloped potatoes are exactly what your dinner table is missing – so delicious!

It doesn’t get much better than a dish full of potatoes dressed with milk and cheese. Oven-baked, my tasty recipe combines real potatoes, milk and delicious cheese for the best scalloped potatoes.  

Whether we’re heading into the cozy holiday season or the crisp air of spring, I think these cheesy scalloped potatoes are perfect for year-round dining tables! You don’t need a special occasion to whip up this simple oven-baked recipe. Try them as a side with my classic meatloaf recipe — and don’t forget the cheese biscuits

Easy Scalloped Potatoes:

The world’s ultimate comfort food – potatoes. Fried, twice-baked, mashed potatoes or scalloped, I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like. 

I’m not sure about you, but the cheesy dishes were always the first to disappear from my dining table growing up. Family Thanksgiving dinner or a Wednesday night home-cooked meal, anything with cheese is the first thing to be gobbled up. I can promise you, I definitely contributed to the disappearing act!

While macaroni and cheese reign supreme in the cheesy side dish category  – there’s something just so comforting about a casserole dish full of cheesy scalloped potatoes. Makes for a full and happy stomach!

A timeless recipe that reminds me of Easter and Christmas dinners surrounded by family, this recipe brings back a sense of nostalgia. Keeping up with tradition, I always make sure scalloped potatoes make an appearance during all my holiday dinners. But honestly, the boys (and myself) are happy to have them any day of the week.

If you’re looking for another versatile sides dish, my easy corn pudding recipe is also always a hit.

These homemade scalloped potatoes are the best! They’re so simple and delicious — you will be coming back for seconds and thirds.

What Are Scalloped Potatoes?

Oven baked in a casserole dish, scalloped potatoes are full of heartiness and amazing flavor. Peeled and sliced potatoes sit in a layer at the bottom of a casserole dish and from there, let your creativity take over.

Scalloped potatoes are as simple or complex as you’d like. Stick with tradition and keep it simple with cheese and milk or get creative and add toppings such as green onion, breadcrumbs or even bacon – mmm!

Bake the scalloped potatoes in the oven and garnish with your desired toppings and have everyone running to the kitchen begging to dig in.

This old fashioned scalloped potatoes recipe consists of a single layer of potatoes baked along with milk, spices and cheese. You can also make them with ham if you’d like for an added flavor and heartiness.

Best Potatoes for Making Scalloped Potatoes

Traditionally, russet potatoes or Yukon potatoes are the best choice of potatoes to make the perfect scalloped potatoes. Both types hold their shape well when covered in the delicious cheese and creamy milk.  

Scalloped Potato Ingredients

For this super easy scalloped potatoes recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • potatoes – Yukon or russet are our favorites
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • milk
  • cream of mushroom soup
  • onion powder
  • green onions for garnish

Didn’t I say it was an easy scalloped potato recipe? I meant it! You probably have all of these ingredients in your pantry and fridge already which makes this recipe even easier.

In my kitchen, we don’t skimp on the quality of ingredients. I’m proud to bring you this delicious easy scalloped potatoes recipe thanks to Horizon Organic.

Horizon Organic Milk

Today, I’ll be using Horizon Organic in our scalloped potatoes. The flavor of their milk and cheeses is unmatched – always so fresh and delicious and a brand I trust to serve to my family.

Now let’s get to the good stuff – putting it all together!

How to Make Scalloped Potatoes

This is a perfect recipe to call in the littles for some extra helping hands! Call in your reinforcements and get those tiny hands scrubbing all the dirt off the potatoes. Scrubbing the potatoes makes for a sneaky multitasker. Tricks them into washing their hands and gets your potatoes clean. An awesome win-win!

Once the potatoes are spotless, pop them into the microwave in an even layer and cook for 10 minutes.

While the potatoes are being softened in the microwave, grab a medium bowl and mix together the onion powder, cream of mushroom soup and milk. Dish saving tip: use the empty cream of mushroom can to measure out the milk. 

Now it’s time for the “scallop” part of scalloped potatoes! Remove the potatoes and allow them to cool down on the counter. Once they’re cool to the touch, starting peeling and slicing into ⅛ inch rounds.

Scalloped Potatoes

In the bottom of the casserole dish, pour ⅓ of the mixture you whipped up earlier, sprinkle ½ cup of delicious cheese on top then place a layer of the peeled and sliced potatoes.

Classic Scalloped Potatoes

Oh, we’re just getting started. Pour an additional ⅓ scoop of the soup mixture with another ½ cup of shredded cheese and add a second layer of potatoes. Oh, boy!

Finally – pour the remainder of the soup and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Viola!

casserole dish wit cooked scallop potatoes inside

How Long to Bake Scalloped Potatoes?

Pop your scalloped potato masterpiece into a 400-degree oven to bake for 40-45 minutes or until the potato slices are tender.

Garnish with green onion or even add a scoop of sour cream and dive in. 

Can You Make Scalloped Potatoes Ahead of Time?

Yes! You can make this tasty recipe ahead of time and then refrigerate overnight before popping it back in the oven to heat back through. Perfect if you’re busy with guests or other meal components and need something done ahead of time.

Can You Freeze Scalloped Potatoes?

Yes, you can freeze scalloped potatoes.Prepare the dish as instructed in the recipe and then freeze in a freezer safe container. When it’s time to serve, just thaw in the fridge and then heat back through in the oven before serving.

What Goes with Scalloped Potatoes?

What doesn’t go with scalloped potatoes? Like I said, I feel like potatoes are the perfect side dish in any meal. One of my favorites: this meatloaf recipe. SO good.

You can also make scalloped potatoes a meal in their own right by making them with ham. Talk about the ultimate in comforting meal — that cheese sauce is everything. Serve it with a simple salad and some rolls and you’ve got a meal your family will be begging for.

You could also serve them with a variety of chicken recipes: baked, grilled, slow cooker or in an Instant Pot (or try my Instant Pot pot roast.)

In my house, scalloped potatoes combined with any meat is a winning dinner option. I enjoy serving them alongside sauteed vegetables or caesar salad as well. I’m all about that classic, well rounded plate at the dinner table. 😉

scalloped potatoes on a wooden serving spoon

The combination of the melted cheese and cream of mushroom make these easy scalloped potatoes a home run recipe every single time.

Prepare for everyone in your family to be begging for more.

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Easy Scalloped Potatoes

Easy Scalloped Potatoes

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Scalloped Potatoes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Spaceships and Laser Beams


  • 6 large baking potatoes
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10 ounces milk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • green onions for garnish


  • Scrub and wash potatoes. Lay them in an even layer in the microwave and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the microwave and allow to cool. While they are cooling, in a medium bowl, mix together onion powder, cream of mushroom soup, and milk (I used one of the empty soup cans to measure my milk).
  • When the potatoes have cooled, peel and slice them into 1/8 inch rounds.
  • In the bottom of the baking dish, pour 1/3 of the mushroom soup mixture.
  • Sprinkle ½ cups of cheese over the soup and then layer the potatoes on top.
  • Spread another third of the soup mixture of the top along with another half cup of cheese, then add a second layer of potatoes.
  • Spread the remainder soup mixture of the top and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
  • Bake at 400 for 40-45 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped green onions and serve.



Calories: 279kcal
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Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.

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      October 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      yummy! recipe tested. can’t wait for other new recipes experiment!

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