The best Easy Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe (2024)

True to its name, let’s make this EASYCHEESY POTATO CASSEROLERECIPE!

I expect many of you may have already grasped that I love everything about food – no spoiler alerts here. When it’s being prepared, I want to help; if it’s being served, I want ataste; if it’s being discussed, I want to be part of that conversation. This was the case when my cousin Linda first sold me on her EASYCHEESY POTATO CASSEROLERECIPE,affectionately referred to as “Those Potatoes”!

Now, don’t let the ambiguous “Those Potatoes” name fool you; this delicious,creamy,cheesy potatoside dishgoes by many different names. It is referred to as hash brown potato casserole, cheesy baked potatoes and make-ahead potato casserole. But the moniker that really kills me isfuneral potatoes! Yup, this might very well be the best make-aheadside dishever. Know what I’m saying? “Sorry for your loss, eat those potatoes!” LOL.

I’m thinking a politically correct foodie figured the easiest way to keep the dish family-friendly and palatable was to give them a name you’ll never forget. So let’s bury the name “funeral potatoes” and go forth with the EASYCHEESY POTATO CASSEROLERECIPE. We know you’re dying to try it!

Having now made therecipequite a few times, I gotta tell you, they’re easy to make, extremely flavourful and go with everything. We suggest you PIN therecipeto a favourite board, BOOKMARK the page for future reference and SHARE therecipewith friends. Yup, they really are that good.


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The nice thing about thisrecipeis the simplicity of it all. You’ll need a few on-hand items from your pantry plussour cream, some cheese, spices, anonionand some garlic. There’s not a lot ofprepfor therecipe.In fact, it’s as easy as spooning a cheesymixtureinto a casserole dish and then baking it. Oh, almost forgot; you will need potatoes. Let’s look at those next.

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Although you probably could peel and cube about eight big Russet potatoes, why bother? Thisrecipedelivers on the promise of easy, so all you need is one bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed out in advance. Potatoes are a good source offibre,so if you’re looking atdaily values,this dish wins.

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One of the hallmarks of this dish is itscreaminess. Let’s hear it for the twoingredientsthat create this memorable texture:cream of mushroom soupandsour cream. Please note, we crafted therecipeas it was described to us, but it seems others have been busy experimenting with it. We’ve now learned that cannedcream of chicken soupand cream of bacon soup both work too. We also heard that swapping half thesour creamwith garlic chip dip is pretty tasty too. This is one of thoserecipesthat invite experimentation, so have fun and make sure to share your version on your favourite socials. Tag #weekendatthecottage when you do, please.

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Therecipecalls for a quarter cup ofParmesan cheeseplus two additional cups of other favourites likecheddar cheese, Gruyère and Swiss. If more than two cups of grated cheese make it into the dish, well what’s wrong with that? Similar to the experimentations for creaminess, feel free to play with the cheesiness. Having made therecipewith sharp cheddar cheeseand a smoked gouda, I can assure you therecipeloves all types of cheese. Remember, cheese is high inproteinandcalciumtoo, which we love.

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I often refer torecipessuch as this as a one-bowl wonder, where westireverything up in one bowl and spoon it into abaking dish. If this technique looks familiar, you may be remembering it from our MORNING GLORY MUFFINSor OMA’S APPLE CAKE. Funny how the easiestrecipesoften produce the biggest sums!

One comment about timing on this dish: feel free to mix everything together in the bowl, cover and refrigerate ituntil you’re ready tobake. True to the concept, you can then finish this make-ahead casserole whenever. It holds really well until baked.

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Finishing this baked casserole with some more cheese and a topping of Panko crumbs andmelted butteris just the thing. Similar to our OLD-SCHOOL TUNA CASSEROLE, you can useRitz crackers,cornflakesor crushedpotato chipsfor the topping, but we think the Panko or even plain bread crumbs is the way to go. They have lesssodiumand toast up perfectly when baked.

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When adding the buttered bread crumb mix to the top, try to distribute it in an even layer across the surface of the casserole. It will toast up to a lovely golden brown when baked, plus it gives the dish a really nice bit of crunch.

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Yup, bringing the finished EASYCHEESY POTATO CASSEROLERECIPE to the tablealways elicits the same enthusiastic response of, “Wow! Those potatoes look amazing!” People appreciate whenever we serve somethingoven-baked with a bubbly, cheesy crisp crumb-topped finish. Side note – they smell pretty wonderful too!

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As mentioned off the top, this superiorside dishgoes with everything, from our GRILLED BEEF TENDERLOIN and EASY ROAST CHICKEN to our POACHED SALMON, OVEN-ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN or HEARTY MEATLOAF. Seriously these potatoes enhance every meal.

“Those Potatoes” make the best EASYCHEESY POTATO CASSEROLERECIPE ever!


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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ whiteonion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bag frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 10 ounce cancream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cupsour cream
  • ¼ cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1 teaspoonsalt
  • ½ teaspoonblack pepper
  • ¼ teaspooncayennepepper
  • 1 ¾ cups grated cheese(cheddar cheese, Swiss, Gruyère, etc.)
  • For the topping:
  • ¼ cup grated cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cupPanko bread crumbs
  • To serve:
  • 3 greenonions, finely chopped


  1. Preheatovento 350°F.
  2. Melt butterin small skillet over moderate heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook until soft and fragrant. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Place hash browns, soup,sour cream,onionand garlic mix,salt,black and cayenne peppers, Parmesan and grated cheese into a medium-sized bowl.Stirto combine.
  4. Transfer to a 9 x 13-inch glass casserole oroven-safebaking dish andsmooth out to an even layer.Sprinklewith ¼ cup of grated cheese.
  5. Prepare topping: Place Panko in a small bowl.Melt butterand drizzle over top. Toss to combine.
  6. SprinklePanko over dish. Transfer toovenandbakefor 50 minutes or until bubbling and golden on top.Sprinklewith finely chopped greenonions.

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