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My favorite cheesy, creamy, garlicky, always-delicious scalloped potatoes recipe.

Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Anyone else out there still have yet to plan your menu for Easter Sunday this coming weekend?

Well, good news: 1) you’re not alone and 2) I’ve gotcha covered!

We have all sorts of delicious recipes here on our Easter section of the blog that are sure to please a crowd. If you’re feeling those brunch vibes, there’s everything from my favorite 1-hour cinnamon rolls, to the world’s best sour cream coffee cake, to a classic breakfast casserole, to nearly every way to prepare eggs, to mimosas and more. Or, if you’re going more of the Easter dinner route, our family’s favorite salad, classic deviled eggs, these perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts, an easy fruit salad, these quick 1-hour soft and buttery dinner rolls might be calling your name. Of course, carrot cake (or this vegan, gluten-free carrot cake) is also a must around here every Easter.

But the other non-negotiable for me each Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving and — let’s be real — any night of the year that I’m craving some creamy, garlicky, cheesy comfort food?

Scalloped potatoes. ♡

Specifically, these scalloped potatoes (which are technically potatoes au gratin). In my humble opinion, they are simply the best. And in the years since I originally posted this recipe here on the blog, thousands of you have also tried them and agreed! So today, I thought I’d bump this recipe back to the top of the stack for those of you who might be new to the blog and looking for a tried and true recipe to make this weekend. As someone who has made these dozens and dozens of times, I can vouch — they won’t let you down.

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Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients:

The ingredients to make this classic scalloped potatoes recipe are pretty simple. You’ll need:

  • Yukon gold potatoes: I prefer these to Russets because of their nice creamy texture and buttery flavor. Be sure to slice them uniformly — about 1/4-inch thick — so that they will cook evenly.
  • Shredded cheese: It’s important to have a good melty cheese for these. I have always preferred a nice sharp cheddar (not one that has been aged, since those don’t melt as well). But I have also made these with mozzarella, gouda, fontina and gruyere, and all have been delicious. So feel free to pick your favorite, or use a mix! Plus, some freshly-grated Parmesan is also a must.
  • Sliced onion: For extra flavor. I always cook the onion in the sauce, and then strain it out and add it to the middle layer of the potatoes, so that there aren’t a bunch of onion slices sitting on the top layer.
  • Garlic: If you ask me, the more the merrier. The recipe calls for 4 cloves, but I’ve used up to 8 before. :)
  • Fresh thyme: I’ve always used fresh thyme as my main seasoning for scalloped potatoes, but you could also use a teaspoon of dried thyme instead. Or any other favorite fresh herbs or dried seasoning blends! (I occasionally love adding a teaspoon of Cajun seasoning to my sauce — it’s delicious.)
  • Cream sauce: In lieu of heavy cream, my sauce for this recipe calls for a roux with butter and flour, whole milk and chicken stock (or vegetable stock).

Yukon Gold Potatoes for Scalloped Potatoes

How To Make Scalloped Potatoes:

To make this scalloped potatoes recipe, simply…

  1. Make the cream sauce. Sauté onion and garlic in butter until softened. Then stir in the flour to form a roux and help to thicken the sauce, followed by the stock, milk, salt, pepper and thyme. You want to cook the sauce until it just reaches a simmer. (Don’t let it boil, otherwise it can “break” and become watery once baked.)  Then remove it from the heat until you’re ready to put it to use.
  2. Layer the potatoes. Spread half of the sliced potatoes in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Top evenly with half of the cream sauce. (I usually strain out all of the onions and add them here too.)  Then sprinkle evenly with 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese, and all of the Parmesan cheese. Top evenly with the remaining sliced potatoes, the other half of the cream sauce, and the remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
  3. Bake: Cover the pan lightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the sauce is all bubbly around the edges. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through and the cheese on top is nice and golden. (If the cheese starts to get too brown on top, just lightly cover the top with a sheet of foil again until the potatoes are ready to go.)
  4. Cool. Transfer the pan to a wire cooling rack and sprinkle with the remaining teaspoon of thyme and extra Parmesan.
  5. Serve. This casserole is definitely best fresh out of the oven, so dive in while it’s nice and warm!

How To Make Scalloped Potatoes

Possible Recipe Variations:

There are all sorts of delicious ways that you can customize these homemade scalloped potatoes if you would like. For example, feel free to…

  • Add bacon or ham: Diced cooked bacon or ham would be a delicious addition here! (Or go for the gold and make scalloped potatoes with ham and bacon!)
  • Add greens: Fresh kale or baby spinach would also be delicious. Just stir a large handful to the sauce before layering the potatoes.
  • Add pesto: For an extra herby twist, feel free to stir 1/4 cup of basil pesto into the sauce.
  • Use half sweet potatoes: I also love making a version of this dish with half Yukon gold and half sweet potatoes. The sweet/savory combo is such a winner.
  • Use a different cheese: Mozzarella, gouda, fontina or gruyere would also be delicious in place of the sharp cheddar. Or you could also sprinkle some extra crumbled/diced brie, goat cheese, or feta into the casserole.
  • Use cream: Feel free to sub in heavy cream for half of the milk for an even creamier dish.
  • Make it gluten-free: Just use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend (in place of the standard AP flour). Or whisk 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into the cold milk before adding it to the sauce.

Scalloped Potatoes

Make-Ahead Instructions:

Over the years, I’ve had lots of you ask if you can prep this recipe in advance — and the answer is yes! For make-ahead scalloped potatoes, just bake the scalloped potatoes and let them cool completely to room temperature. Then cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days. And on the day you are ready to serve them, bake the pan covered (with foil) at 350° for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are warmed through.

Scalloped Potatoes

More Potato Recipes:

If you love this recipe, be sure to check out some of my other potato faves including:

Enjoy, everyone!

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Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Scalloped Potatoes

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 80 minutes
  • Yield: 10 -12 servings 1x


My favorite recipe for garlicky, cheesy, perfect scalloped potatoes.


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups whole milk (or half and half)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, divided
  • 4 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, sliced into 1/8-inch rounds
  • 2 cups freshly-grated sharp cheddar cheese*, divided (feel free to add more cheese if you’d like)
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


  1. Prep oven and baking dish: Heat oven to 400°F.  Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, and set it aside.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic. Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Add onion, and sauté for 4-5 minutes until soft and translucent.  Add garlic and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.  Stir in the flour until it is evenly combined, and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Simmer the sauce. Gradually pour in the stock, and whisk until combined.  Add in the milk, salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon thyme, and whisk until combined.  Continue cooking for an additional 1-2 minutes until the sauce just barely begins to simmer around the edges of the pan and thickens.  (Avoid letting it reach a boil.)  Then remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Layer the potatoes.  Spread half of the sliced potatoes in an even layer on the bottom of the pan.  Top evenly with half of the cream sauce.  (I usually strain out all of the onions and add them here too.)  Then sprinkle evenly with 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese, and all of the Parmesan cheese.  Top evenly with the remaining sliced potatoes, the other half of the cream sauce, and the remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake: Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.  The sauce should be nice and bubbly around the edges.  Then remove the foil and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  6. Cool. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack, and sprinkle with the remaining teaspoon of thyme and extra Parmesan.
  7. Serve. Serve warm.


Shredded cheese: As always when melting shredded cheese into a recipe, it’s best if you grate the cheese yourself just before adding it to the recipe.  Store-bought shredded cheese usually contains a coating that prevents it from melting smoothly.

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952 comments on “Scalloped Potatoes”

  1. The best recipe ever! I didn’t have fresh thyme so added 1/4 tsp dried. Perfect scalloped potatoes.

  2. Came out good. I thought that the liquid amount wasn’t going to be enough, so I added an additional half amount of cream sauce, and it was soupy. So trust the measurements. I also wasn’t sure it was going to all fit in a 9×13, so I used a larger lasagna pan. Plenty of room, so no concern that it might have overflowed. We also added some leftover ham from Thanksgiving. Personally, I would have like to add some veggies as well, like mushrooms, broccoli florets, carrots, etc, but the wife is more meat and potato’s. So I just steamed them separately and added them to my plate.

  3. I love this recipe. My go to every time

    • Love this recipe and apparently everyone else did. Took them to a 4th of July picnic and the pan was scraped clean. I cooked the potatoes an extra 20 minutes with the foil on an topped mine with green onions. Kinda disappointed I only got to lick the spoon.

  4. many have asked if this can be frozen I haven’t seen any response doesn’t mean there isn’t one LOL

  5. Hi there,
    Can you make this dish up to a day or two beforehand and then pop in oven when ready to bake?
    thank you!

    • sorry i totally missed your section addressing this! :)

    • Delicious! I also worried there wouldn’t be enough sauce….as the potatoes cooked down the sauce bubbled up. My potatoes took about an hour and a half to cook, and they were sliced super thin from my food processor. Wish I served these for Christmas Eve dinner. Yum!

  6. Fan-frickin-tastic! Loved this recipe, I think it was the Parmesan cheese that made it pop. This is a keeper. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the amount of time it takes to cook, one hour is not enough time to cook. So I baked for 2 hours instead, perfect!

  7. It’s just me so I split the recipe in half and am baking in glass 8×8 dish. Probably got my potatoes sliced too thin so I doubled them in each layer. In oven now

  8. This turned out awesome. This was the best ever.

  9. Came out well, can’t wait to have it with dinner⛄️

  10. Delicious! The only thing I had to change was the cooking time. One hour was not enough. I cooked mine for one hour and forty-five minutes and it was perfect. So yummy! I’ll keep using this recipe for sure!!

  11. I used Gruyère cheese and Parmesan . I added a pinch of nutmeg and cayenne to the sauce, left the onions in the sauce, and needed to cook it for almost 2 hours. Letting it sit helps too. I dried the potatoes before cooking but there was still a lot of excess moisture. It had a great flavor.
    Will make this recipe again.

  12. Not a short recipe but worth it! Time to prepare not accurate of course.

  13. Made these tonight and they were perfect! I did not use the chicken broth or thyme and I substituted half and half instead of milk…3 cups total to make up for the missing broth. I used gruyere cheese along with the shredded parmesan. I cooked these 15 minutes longer with the foil on based on other reviews. They were cooked perfectly with a nice golden crust. Cannot stop eating them!

  14. Tasty but as much as I love garlic, I do not put it in potato dishes. I sprinkled flour on the ptato layers and used warm milk as the binder. :+)

  15. Really great recipe- my hubby and I loved it (kids not so much but they are crazy picky.) Everything came together well. I only took off one star as it says prep 15 min. I would be impressed to see a person who can peel 4lb potatoes, mandolin them, peel and slice an onion and peel and dice 4 cloves of garlic, grab all the supplies and get going in 15 minutes. It probably took me a good hour with all this stuff. But the potatoes take the longest for sure.

  16. We made this today following the recipe with all ingredients and measures with the following slight adjustments: used dried thyme in lieu of fresh, added a pinch of nutmeg to the cream sauce and no parm cheese – didn’t have it on hand. It is very good, however, I would like a little more sauce for the 4lbs of potatoes. Also, had to cook it an extra 20 minutes to get the potatoes as soft as we like them.

  17. These were delicious! I halved the recipe and it fit perfectly in my new LeCruset casserole my daughter gave me for Christmas and they looked beautiful too. Came out just like the picture. I made the recipe as written and wouldn’t change a thing.

  18. Oh, boy! I misread the flour amount as 1 1/4 cups, not just 1/4 cup….this made quite a bit of the “roux” before it ever become sauce! It actually never became sauce, it was more like a very thick gravy. I had to add a stick of butter and a 12 oz. can of Evaporated Milk to even make it stirrable. It was a little hard to spread over the potatoes in the pan, too. But, boy, did it ever taste good! Oh, and another thing I did was I used pre-grated from the store, cheese. So I used 3 cups over each layer of potatoes. Sounds like a lot but it was just right. So I made my own weird, but very tasty version of your Scalloped Potatoes! Next I will try it your way and make sure I can see what I’m reading!!

  19. Yes, someone said, “l don’t really like potatoes and cheese.” Me. I like scalloped potatoes, which don’t have cheese. I do not like potatoes au gratin, which is the same dish with cheese.

  20. This is a great potato au gratin recipe. For scalloped potatoes leave out the cheese.

  21. Delicious cheese potatoes. I used a whole medium size sweet onion and it was a bit too much onion flavor for my husband but fine for me. I didn’t have any thyme to use and the flavor was still incredible. I also had to cook the potatoes 20 minutes more to get them soft. This recipe will be the one I use from now on for cheese potatoes. They would be as delicious without the cheese too! I think you could use this recipe to bake a lot of different vegetables.

  22. I am excited to try this recipe. I do have a tip though to speed up the cooking time. For scalloped potatoes, I always start the sliced potatoes for a few minutes in the microwave with a bit of water first. It just gives them a head start. Drain and then carry on with the recipe. Doing this greatly reduces the cooking time.

    • yes, I do this too….I partially cook the whole potato, cool and then slice. Either way it speeds up cooking and reduces electricity or gas needed.

  23. When making ahead, do you let the scalloped potatoes cool on a rack before you put the tin foil on to store in the frig? I was thinking they might dry out too much or too little with the tinfoil on right away?

  24. Outstanding !!

  25. My request was for scalloped potatoes not potatoes au gratin. My understanding is there is NO cheese in a scalloped dish. Where did I go wrong??

    • Just omit the cheese part and you have scalloped potatoes 😉

    • I made these last night and they were a huge hit! I followed the recipe, no adjustments, and they were absolute perfection. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you!

  26. Might you prep, put baking paper over, keep in fridge and cook 3 hrs later?

  27. My husband and son loved these scalloped potatoes. I will definitely be making this again!

  28. This was a big hit at our Easter dinner! Everyone wanted to take a scoop of the leftovers home! I baked it all the way through the night before and then popped it back in the oven the next morning at 250. It stayed in there the whole time we were gone for church and the post-church egg hunt, so about 2 hours total. When we got home it was perfectly reheated and ready to take to our Easter dinner gathering. I’ll be making these again next year!

  29. The BEST scalloped potato recipe I’ve ever made! Always a hit and never any left overs! Always make these potatoes a day ahead and heat them up before dinner. Delicious!

  30. I just cooked this beautiful masterpiece for our dinner as an accompaniment to our grilled skirt steak, and sauteed baby spinach in “aglio, olio e peperoncino” these are thee best scalloped/au gratin potatoes. Thank you for sharing your recipe. It’s under my faves forever now😁

  31. Looks and smells good very easy recipe.

  32. just to clarify, if you use roux in a cream or milk-based sauce, it will not separate, that is why you use the roux

  33. My favorite scalloped potato recipe. I’ve made it so often it’s practically memorized, but I always come back for one detail or another. So delicious ❤️

  34. Can you make with russet potatoes! Crazy how expensive groceries are right now and they are so much cheaper :)

  35. Proper scalloped potatoes should never have cheese!

  36. So this recipe is good but you should put a disclaimer with the amount of fresh vs dried thyme to use. I didn’t realize the recipe called for fresh thyme and not dried so I added 1 tsp of dried and the recipe tasted very strong with thyme. Then realized after it smelled weird that it called for fresh and not dried. That makes a huge difference. I looked it up and it’s 1/4 tsp of dried thyme to 1 tsp of fresh. I would put in the ingredients list both measurements since they make a very big difference. I was sad after making it because I wish I would have paid attention more.

  37. So easy and good!

  38. I love scalloped potatoes – for breakfast, lunch or supper. And these top the ranks of all those other recipes. My husband absolutely enjoyed every bite. This recipe is a keeper. In fact I’m making another batch today for a supper tomorrow night. That, a large salad and I’ll figure out the protein after I go shopping and I’m sure my company will be pleased. Thank you!

  39. I have seen this question but not the answer. May I prep the whole dish the day before and cook next say? Or will the liquid all be absorbed.

    • Hi Lynne

      Did anyone ever answer you about making ahead of time? I would like to so the same. Please let me know if you got a response.

      Thank you

  40. Delicious. I followed recipe exactly and if doing again would not cook then onions near as long and would add extra garlic. Also, the potatoes needed at least an hour to cook in the oven to soften and I sliced mine thin.

  41. Yum!!! We made your delicious recipe for our first Thanksgiving in Florida. Your recipe was delicious and easy and fun to make. The house smelled terrific as they baked. This will be our go to recipe for many family dinners. Thank you!

  42. This was perfect. Little touches like the fresh thyme, freshly grated sharp cheddar, and extra garlic really elevated it. Excellent recipe.

  43. Thank you so much, most all the time my chicken breast works out just great, however, once in a while a bit dry/rubbery etc. I doubt that I will ever have rubbery chicken breast ever again. Can’t thank you so much.
    Will be making the scalloped potatoes tonight also.
    Manny thanks and Happy Holidays!

  44. Best scalloped potato recipe I’ve ever had. Made a few times and it is my go to recipe! If you decide to add sliced mushrooms like I do sometimes…. Cook them first as they have a lot of water in them and messes up the sauce…. Fantastic recipe! Thanks for sharing it.

  45. I need to know how many cups of potatoes would that be? I wanted to make this for supper, but there are only people living here. Does anyone have the recipe on a smaller scale? Thanks for your reply in advance.

  46. Immersion blender them onions, they’ll love the flavor, and not see any trace of onion. If they ask, “what’s this little bit here?” “You tell’m, oh that’s just a bit of undiluted gravy from the packet mix.” Zip! That’ll shut’m up.

  47. I have made this recipe before and came back to make it again tonight to accompany a roasted pork tenderloin… I know it will be delicious just as it always has been!

    I did want to ask a question regarding the format of your recipes…… any chance, as a fellow American expat, you’d consider or be able to add a metric converter on your site? I live in the NL and it can make my shopping a lot easier when I’m able to convert a recipe with one click.

    Just a thought! But mostly I want to express thanks for all your recipes. I’ve been a long time lurker and avid proponent of your site and have impressed many guests with meals you’ve helped me create :-)

    • Hi . Seems my comment was deleted. We absolutely love these potatoes! We make them often. I was just wondering is there anyway we can make them with adding pork chops on top?

  48. Question— Do you suggest a sharp White cheddar ? It doesn’t specify in recipe but appears to be a white cheese used in the video. Thanks!

  49. I am going to make this for Christmas. I notice a lot of people are saying it takes longer to cook so I plan to partially cook the potatoes, cool and slice. Cooking time is greatly reduced, and the potatoes will be nice and soft. Uses less electricity in the oven too :)

  50. Out of this world! Thank you. May add a few hot peppers next time. Tripled the recipe with no issues. Fresh rosemary added