Light Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

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Easy Scalloped Potatoes made with a garlicky milk sauce and covered in cheese for the perfect bite!

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A crowd favorite for Easy Lighter Scalloped Potatoes made with a garlicky milk sauce and covered in cheese. The perfect cheesy scalloped potatoes recipe you’ll want all year round!

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 Prepare Scalloped 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.

How to Cook Scalloped Potatoes?

For this recipe I did a two step cooking process, stove and oven.

  1. Assemble the scalloped potatoes by layering potatoes, cheese, seasonings and more potatoes.
  2. Then I made 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.

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: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 14 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes, Vegetarian, Holiday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, Gluten Free
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


A crowd favorite for Easy Lighter Scalloped Potatoes made with a garlicky milk sauce and covered in cheese. The perfect cheesy scalloped 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 butt 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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16 Responses
    1. 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.

  1. 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.

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