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Perfectly Simple, Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

The crowd pleasing side dish to any meal! 

Easy, cheesy, and delicious! This hashbrown casserole is a simple side dish with irresistible flavors of creamy soup, cheddar cheese, and hashbrown potatoes! You need only 10 minutes to prep this crowd-pleasing comfort food. Prepared and baked all in one pot for easy transportation to potluck dinners, weeknights, and holidays. You can even have this for breakfast!

hashbrown casserole on plate

I’ve been on a one-pot kick lately and experimenting with preparing and baking different recipes in one dish. It’s been a life-changer! 

Hashbrown Casserole in dutch oven baked

I finally cracked the code for this hashbrown casserole! This recipe is almost too easy to begin with, but now that you only dirty a spoon and one pot - you might be making this more than you’d like to admit.

Combining hashbrown casserole ingredients

Basically, this recipe is potatoes, cheese and butter stirred together, topped with more cheese, then baked until melty. It’s not low-cal, and there are just some things in life that shouldn’t be. Ya know? 

Adding cheese to hashbrown casserole mixture

This recipe has also been referred to as Funeral Potatoes because its popularity grew as a crowd-pleasing side dish at after-funeral gatherings. That sounds rather dim for such a recipe and I’m not sure how accurate any of that actually is, but I do know sadness is not the emotion I’ve experienced while stuffing my face.

Also, this recipe is super duper close to the popular Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole recipes floating around out there. Rest assured, I have neither stolen from a funeral fellowship or a major restaurant chain to make this recipe. This has been in our family for years - it’s just so basic to recreate and calls for only a few ingredients.

What is good to eat with hash brown casserole?

Honestly, I’ve even eaten this as a meal by itself! It’s super filling (hello, milk and cheese!) and so good. It’s really hard to stop.

Here are some meal pairing ideas that would go well together:

Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s freezable! You can freeze before and after baking! Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Then, defrost before baking or reheating in the oven.

Should I thaw frozen hash browns before cooking?

For this recipe, I highly recommend thawing the potatoes before baking. Otherwise, you may end up with a watery, soggy casserole. 

If you are using fresh potatoes instead of frozen, grate the potatoes then follow the recipe as directed!

Variations

If you want to jazz this recipe up and add a few variations, try out the following:

  • Add mushrooms, peppers
  • Add protein like chicken or sausage
  • Use different cheeses
  • Top with cornflakes for crunch
  • Different potatoes (potatoes o-brien, homemade hashbrowns, etc.)

If you don't have a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, you can also prep this on the stovetop, then transfer to a 9x13 casserole dish. Same baking time and temp!

Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

This hashbrown casserole is a simple side dish with irresistible flavors of creamy soup, cheddar cheese and hashbrown potatoes! You need only 10 minutes to prep this crowd-pleasing comfort food. Prepared and baked all in one pot for easy transportation to potluck dinners, weeknights, and holidays.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pound thawed shredded hashbrown potatoes*, (32 ounces)
  • 1 stick of butter, salted or unsalted
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup*
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Melt butter in a dutch oven over medium heat.
  3. Add in onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in cream of chicken soup, milk and sour cream until combined.
  5. Turn off heat and add in 2 cups of cheddar cheese.
  6. Stir until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.
  7. Add in hashbrowns and combine until well incorporated.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
  9. Allow to stand 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Please read the entire post for details, tips, and more!

Note 1: Shredded hashbrown potatoes can be swapped for cubed potatoes or potatoes o’brien style potatoes.

Note 2: Cream of chicken soup can be substituted for any cream of soup.

Note 3: Cheddar cheese can be substituted for any shredded cheese of your choice.

Note 4: If you don't have a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, you can also prep this on the stovetop, then transfer to a 9x13 casserole dish. Same baking time and temp!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 658Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1266mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 13g

The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate generated by a calculator.

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Kelley

Monday 8th of February 2021

Everyone loved it! Made a double batch and it was gone in 2 days. Served it with pulled pork sandwich and was a hit and we have 3 picky eaters. I did add cornflakes for a crunch topping. Will be making again soon.

Mattie

Saturday 16th of January 2021

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