Creamy and Easy Scalloped Potatoes

Indulge in the comforting goodness of a timeless classic with this Easy Scalloped Potatoes recipe. Layers of thinly sliced potatoes bathed in a velvety, cheesy sauce, baked to golden perfection — this dish is the epitome of homely satisfaction. Perfect for family dinners, holiday feasts, or any occasion that calls for a side dish that’s both simple and decadent.


  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk, warmed
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh thyme or parsley for garnish (optional)


Step 1: Preheat the Oven

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Step 2: Prepare the Potatoes

  1. Peel and thinly slice the potatoes. If using onions, thinly slice them as well.

Step 3: Make the Cheese Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the flour to create a roux. Cook for a minute or two until the mixture is lightly golden.
  3. Gradually whisk in the warm milk to avoid lumps, continuing to stir until the mixture thickens.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, and add the shredded cheddar cheese and grated Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheeses are fully melted and the sauce is smooth.
  5. Season the sauce with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasonings according to your taste.

Step 4: Assemble the Layers

  1. In a greased baking dish, arrange a layer of sliced potatoes, followed by a layer of sliced onions if using, and then a layer of the cheese sauce.
  2. Repeat the layers until you run out of ingredients, finishing with a layer of cheese sauce on top.

Step 5: Bake to Perfection

  1. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes.
  2. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown, and the potatoes are tender.

Step 6: Garnish and Serve

  1. If desired, garnish the scalloped potatoes with fresh thyme or parsley for a burst of color and flavor.
  2. Allow the dish to rest for a few minutes before serving to let the flavors meld.


  • For an extra kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce to the cheese sauce.
  • Experiment with different cheeses, such as Gruyère or Monterey Jack, to customize the flavor profile.
  • Feel free to layer in other ingredients like cooked bacon or sautéed mushrooms for added richness.

This Easy Scalloped Potatoes recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that brings the warmth of a classic comfort dish to your table. Creamy, cheesy, and irresistibly delicious, it’s a side that complements any main course and leaves everyone coming back for seconds. Enjoy the simple joy of homemade goodness with every forkful.

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