Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min

This easy scalloped potatoes recipe is a crowd favorite! Homemade scalloped potatoes made with a garlicky milk sauce and covered in cheese. The perfect cheesy potatoes recipe you’ll want all year round!

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Homemade Scalloped Potatoes

Are you as excited about entering the holiday season as I am! I cannot believe we are here.

Although, I will say. I went to whole foods the other day and the entire shopping center had Christmas garland on the outside. I felt like it may be a tad too much. I mean we just got into November people. Let’s at least do Thanksgiving first then we hang up the garland! Right?

Ok. True Confessions. Are you a “tree up before Thanksgiving” person or “let’s cut the Turkey then put the Christmas tree up” type person?

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We usually go the day after Thanksgiving to get our tree. I just can’t fathom celebrating Thanksgiving with Christmas lights up in the house already.

Though, it is my favorite time of year to decorate and with all the work I put into it. It would be nice to enjoy it a little longer so I see why people put up their decorations early.

Ok. Enough of that. Let’s move on to the goods –> these LIGHT EASY CHEESY SCALLOPED POTATOES

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Everything about these scalloped potatoes are indulgent, they are creamy, cheesy and down right delicious. But guess what, you don’t have to feel guilty about it. Literally this recipe is almost half of what you would normally use on everything, but it still tastes just as good. 

How to Make Scalloped Potatoes

Step 1: Peel Your Potatoes

  1. Peel the potatoes then slice into 1/8″ thick slices using a mandoline, if you don’t have one you could use a hand held slicer or obviously a knife. (here’s the mandoline I use)
  2. Once the potatoes are sliced add them to a big bowl of cold water. This will allow some of the starch to get out of the potatoes.
  3. Before adding the sliced potatoes to a casserole dish, pat dry.



Step 2: Assemble Your Scalloped Potatoes

  1. Assemble the scalloped potatoes by layering potatoes, cheese, seasonings and more potatoes.
  2. Make a seasoned milk mixture on the stove that took maybe 2-3 minutes. I poured the hot milk mixture over the assemble scalloped potatoes, this started the cooking process.
  3. I finished it with more cheese on top and placed it in the oven to cook throughout and brown on top.

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How to Thicken Scalloped Potatoes

Even though I didn’t thicken the sauce in this recipe you’d just follow these instruction for  thicker sauce.

  • Once you have the milk mixture (in the recipe below) made. Remove 2 tablespoons of the milk and place in a small bowl along with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
  • Using a fork, mix the cornstarch and milk mixture together until there are no more lumps.
  • Pour the cornstarch mixture back into the pot of milk and whisk together.
  • Let cook for 1 more minute, this should thicken up the sauce.

What Makes This the Best Scalloped Potatoes Recipe?

In my opinion, the key to a great scalloped potato recipe is the cheese. You can do something very simple using minimal ingredients if you use GOOD ingredients. The shining star of this recipe is the aged white cheddar cheese, the cheese itself has so much flavor in it already that permeates throughout the rest of the dish! I also used fresh thyme to elevate the potatoes even more.

Hands down these will be the best healthy cheesy scalloped potatoes you’ll ever have. Guaranteed they’ll be in high demand on your dinner table, trust me. My boys devoured these!

Bon Appetit friends!

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Healthy Cheesy Scallop Potatoes

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 15 min
  • cook_time Cook Time: 45 min
  • total_time Total Time: 1 hour
  • yield Yield: 14 1x
  • category Category: Side Dish
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


This easy scalloped potatoes recipe is a crowd favorite! Homemade scalloped potatoes made with a garlicky milk sauce and covered in cheese. The perfect cheesy potatoes recipe you’ll want all year round!



  • 3 lbs. of yukon gold potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced to 1/8″ thick pieces (I used a madoline)
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 cup shredded aged white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 13×9″ baking dish with cooking spray. (I used the butter PAM)
  3. Add thinly sliced potatoes to a large bowl with water. This will keep the potatoes from browning.
  4. To a small sauce pan add milk, garlic cloves, nutmeg and fresh thyme. Bring to a boil then add butter. Stir while the butter melts. Set aside.
  5. Arrange half of the potatoes to the prepared baking dish. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cover with half the shredded white cheddar cheese and half the parmesan cheese.
  7. Arrange the remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Pour the milk mixture of the potatoes, making sure to evenly coat.
  9. Finish with remaining white cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender the top is slightly browned.
  11. Serve!


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 127
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 115 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 15 mg

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34 Responses
  1. Liz

    Made this today. I did halve the recipe since it’s just my husband and me. The only thing I added was some onion powder. Oh, and used regular sharp cheddar. Very good. It shows that you don’t need a hundred ingredients to make something that tastes good.

  2. Desiree G.

    Thank you thank you! This recipe is the bomb! So rich, cheesy and creamy. My 12 y/o is gf and I’ve struggled to find a good recipe for scalloped potatoes that he’ll eat. I’m done looking. He loves these, as does our entire family. So grateful to have this in my recipe book!

  3. kathleen s nichols

    I tried this recipe last night using a mix of red&white potatoes. I added half of a fresh minced onion & diced Vermont Ham to the potato mixture.
    I added 2 pinches of dried thyme & fresh ground nutmeg to the hot milk.
    This dish was WAY better than Martha Stewart’s version + a whole lot easier than making a rue.
    It came out tasting clean & so good.
    I really like adding onion to this recipe. By the way, my milk was curdled so I made milk with a packet of dried milk. Sooo good…. this is my go too recipe from now on thank you!

  4. Jenny

    I don’t understand why people rate a recipe they haven’t even made. I will be trying this for Thanksgiving and will rate it after we’ve actually eaten it. Thanks for providing an easy gf option for me to try. Have you ever put onion in it? My grandma used to our onions in hers.

    1. Krista

      I haven’t but you definitely could! I’d caramelized the onions and add them to the cheese sauce you pour over the potatoes. 🙂

  5. Tina

    Was looking forward to this for a new thing for my meal prep for work. Didn’t turn out as expected. Though it is alright taste wise, my garlic milk sauce turned into milk curds after cooling. See how well it reheats but don’t think I’ll be making it again.

    1. Krista

      OH no… I’m so bummed. Gonna try to remake this recipe. Mine didn’t curdle but a couple of other people have said the same as you.

    1. Krista

      I actually bought a block of aged cheddar cheese and then used a cheese grater to grate it. You can find it in the cheese section of your grocery store.

  6. Demeter

    This is so perfect for any holiday meal! I don’t see there being any leftovers as everyone will be wanting seconds!

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