The Ultimate Hashbrown Casserole

A classic side or potluck dish, this hashbrown casserole truly is the ultimate version! Made with mouthwatering flavor add-ins and no condensed soups!

Most people have had a version of hashbrown casserole before… usually at a potluck or even after a funeral.  They’re so creamy and savory!  This version is full of flavor add-ins and is made with no condensed soups… all from scratch!

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You guys have had these potatoes in some form before right?  Around here the original dish is either shredded hashbrowns like these (or the cubed version), a cheesy creamy concoction made with cream of chicken soup, and either cheese on top or something crunchy, like cornflakes.  It’s been called many things, from hashbrown casserole, funeral potatoes, or simply, “the potatoes”.

The funeral potatoes name comes from this being a popular dish served after a funeral when everyone goes back to either the church or a home and has lunch.

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While I’ve always loved the original, I try not to cook using a lot of condensed or “cream of” soups, as I’d rather make something from scratch if possible… and I always thought the dish needed some extra flavor!  So for my version, I add some protein from diced smoked sausage, and flavor from a bell pepper and some diced green chiles!  The flavor is unreal!!


You can add just about anything!  This hashbrown casserole can be served for breakfast, dinner, or a side dish, so the sky is the limit.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • In place of the smoked sausage, use ham
  • In place of the smoked sausage, use cooked and crumbled bacon
  • In place of the smoked sausage, use browned and crumbled breakfast or sage sausage
  • In place of the green chiles, use diced jalapeños
  • Play around with the cheese and add your favorite or a combination of your favorites

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I like to bake my hashbrown casserole in my trusty cast iron skillet, but it’s also commonly baked in a traditional 9×13″ baking dish.  It does take a while to bake, about 45-50 minutes, so if you want to save on some time, you can definitely make this a “make ahead” dish.  Just follow all the steps before baking it, transfer it to a casserole dish (or skillet), cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.  Before baking set the casserole out on the counter for 20 minutes or so, so it can warm up some before baking.  Bake as directed and enjoy!

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When it comes to garnishes, I like to do a sprinkle of fresh parsley and black pepper, but snipped fresh chives are also amazing!

With all the holiday meals coming up over the next few months, this hashbrown casserole is perfect for just about any occasion.  I hope you try it and love it as much as we do!!





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The Ultimate Hashbrown Casserole

A classic side or potluck dish, this hashbrown casserole truly is the ultimate version! Made with mouthwatering flavor add-ins and no condensed soups!
4.2 from 38 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 485


  • 30 oz bag frozen shredded hashbrown potatoes, - thawed
  • 3 cups diced smoked sausage
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2-3 Tbsp canned diced green chiles, - drained
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 4 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese, - divided
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • minced fresh parsley or chives, - for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Lightly spray a 3 qt baking dish or skillet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, reserving the drippings in the skillet, to a large mixing bowl with the thawed hashbrown potatoes.
  • Add onion and bell pepper, cooking until soft, about 3-5 minutes. Remove to large mixing bowl with potato mixture, along with the green chiles.
  • To same skillet, add butter and melt. Once melted, add flour and whisk to combine, cooking 1 minute. Slowly pour in milk and chicken stock, whisking as you pour. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to MED-LOW and simmer, stirring often, until thickened to the consistency of a slightly thinned out condensed soup, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add 3 cups of cheddar cheese, stirring until melted and combined. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Add cheese sauce to mixing bowl and stir to combine all ingredients. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish or skillet.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheese, and bake 45-50 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown. If desired, garnish, then serve.


To make ahead: 
Complete steps 1-6, cool, then cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.  Before baking, let dish sit at room temperature 20 minutes, sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese, then bake and serve as directed.
Author The Chunky Chef
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If changing the recipe serving quantity, the recipe plugin will change the ingredient values for you, but it does NOT change the written instructions, those are manually added and not subject to a slider/button. You will have to extrapolate that multiplication to any amounts listed in the instructions.

For example: if an ingredient calls for 4 cups, and you doubled the recipe, it will automatically change to 8 cups. In the instructions, if I say “use 4 cups of cheese”, you will have to realize that since you doubled it, you use 8 cups, not 4



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  1. Really great recipe!! I wanted a hasbrown casserole that didn’t use any canned soup, so I was pretty excited to try this. I thawed the potatoes by placing them in a colander and running cold water over them, then scooped them into a clean dish towel and squeezed out all of the water. Some reviewers say theirs came out pretty runny, so I wanted to make sure I removed any excess moisture. I did also use 1 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of heavy cream instead of the 2 cups of milk, and achieved a really lovely consistency. A few more adjustments: I subbed the smoked sausage for Italian sausage and a couple pieces of bacon. I minced a clove garlic (~1 tsp) and sauteed with the onion & bell pepper instead of garlic powder in the sauce. I also only used 1/2 of the sour cream. It was absolutely delicious though and I look forward to making it again!

  2. This recipe was so delicious and perfect, that I got a marriage proposal afterwards! 😀 I used just slightly less milk so that it didn’t come out runny, and it was perfect1

  3. Finally! I’ve looked for a whe for a how to that did not call for cream of anything soup. Thank you!

  4. Thank you for sharing!! Absolutely my new favorite hash brown casserole recipe. Can’t wait to make it for my extended family.

  5. I followed the recipe to the tee (except I left the sausage out because several other dishes we were having had meat in them), but it came out super runny after being cooked. I salvaged it by dumping the whole casserole into a strainer and then putting it back in the casserole dish. The flavor was great. Added a bit of cayenne pepper for some heat. Any clue what happened? 

    • Oh no! Are you sure the potatoes were fully thawed? Maybe the sauce wasn’t thick enough? I’m so sorry it didn’t work out for you, but I’m glad you liked the flavor at least!

  6. I only have cubed – could I substitute that? This looks amazing!

  7. Great! I did subsitute corn starch for the flour, fresh shredded, soaked, then dried potatoes and omitted the sausage. Made this twice now and it is super easy and cheesey 😄 Family of 6 love it!

  8. I made this for Christmas and mine came out runny. Not sure what I did wrong. It still tasted good, I just wish it was thicker.

  9. I made this for a Christmas breakfast for teachers; and it was a huge hit. It is loaded with flavor and a nice addition to any egg breakfast casserole. Or make by itself for those super picky breakfast eaters. I cut the green chili’s in half and prepared ahead of time. The directions were spot on. This one is making it to a recipe card.

  10. Can you freeze this and then thaw in fridge for 24 hours before baking in oven? Thanks!! 

  11. Honestly, this was absolutely amazing!! I followed the recipe exactly and it was so good that I had to write a review! I’ve tried many recipes over the years and never felt compelled to do that until now.  This is a keeper! 

  12. Can I use half and half for the milk?

  13. I made this for Christmas morning.  I used bacon instead of sausage and sautéed shishito pepper instead of green chilies.  Everyone loved it.  

  14. This is a great recipe. I made it recently and didn’t use sausage or green Chiles and stil came out awesome. Like nothing was missing. I’m going to make again for Christmas Eve. 

    Has anyone not used the sour cream in it? I of course just went to to store and forgot to buy it. Thoughts? 

  15. I found this recipe and really wanted to try it as I don’t like using the typical can of cream of chicken that is usually called for. This recipe was easy to make and it turned out great! Delicious recipe. Very creamy, very cheesy. I used breakfast sausage that comes in a roll… a lot of it…. because I like to eat hash brown casserole as a meal. I will be making this again. Thank you for the great recipe…. with no cans! 

  16. Hi! I just made this this morning for Thanksgiving breakfast. As a chef myself I saw this recipe yesterday and knew it was a good recipe. It is- and was!:) I made mine with ground sausage as u suggested for a variation and only added a tad more salt…I’m from the south sooooo….we pretty much keep salt licks tableside. Lol. Thank u and I’ll be back to try more of ur recipes soon:)

  17. Used ham, broccoli, mushrooms and Rotel in the filling. Also I used white wine and the liquid from the Rotel in my cheese sauce. DELICIOUS!!

    • I was just thinking broccoli would be good in this and all the other stuff u added sounds excellent ty

    • would you please provide your recipe for cheese sauce–i love the idea of white wine and rotel in the sauce. thank you

      • Steps 4 and 5 in the recipe tell you have to make the cheese sauce. Likely, he added the liquid from the rotel and wine in step 4 with the milk and chicken broth. You could use 1/4 cup of white wine and reduce the chicken broth by as much.

  18. came together quickly and tasted wonderful. keeping this recipe in my favorites. thanks!

  19. This truly was the Funeral Casserole because I made it for a reception at church. I received many compliments on it but sadly it couldn’t be eaten by anyone Gluten intolerant. So I will be substituting corn starch for the flour next time. What an easy change that will help so many more people to enjoy this great recipe.

  20. Made this casserole today for dinner, used ham but I think the sausage would have added a bit more flavor. I loved making the sauce with no canned soup, we really enjoyed this dish, with broccoli along side. Definitely a do again recipe, thankyou *****

  21. Real review…actually made! Was awesome and very adaptable. I followed the recipe to the T. Please people, do not review something you have not made. It is the same as asking your FB friends for a recipe and they search for a bunch but never actually made it. Hellooooo…we all know how to search the internet!

  22. I am one that ACTUALLY made this. Not one commenting on how the pic looks. (pet peeve when reviews are based on never trying something.). I followed the recipe to the T and it was GREAT! I cooked in a cast iron skillet. This recipe is very adaptable. You can omit or add any type of pepper you want, change up the cheese etc etc.
    I am a seasoned home cook but never cooked ‘hash browns’ before. I grew up on a potato farm in Northern Maine and hash browns to us were cut up potatoes and onions cooked in a fry pan butter. First time having shredded potatoes was when I moved to Florida and ordered hash browns, thinking they would be the same from my region. Thank You for the recipe! It made real hash brown lovers out of my What’s His Name and I!

    • Left two review in error. However, this is SO GOOD that I had another thought for it and will try soon. This would be great with shrimp, crawfish, crab or other mixed in!

  23. Ok, so 14 people left comments, but not a single person actually made the recipe? I hate to break it to you, but no one cares if you think this looks “yummy”. Make the friggin recipe, and then make a comment, otherwise you are wasting our time. I would love to hear from someone that has tried both (this vs soup), and can make a useful comparison. Do any of you actually cook, or do you just comment on recipes all day?

    • Hi there, unfortunately a lot of people who make the recipe don’t come back to comment. Also, as this is my site, I don’t dictate what people can and cannot comment. These “looks yummy” posts actually help because search engines see engagement and rank the recipe higher, which in turn helps more people find the recipe itself 🙂 If you check out the pin, you can click on comments and see a few from people that have made the recipe

  24. I love the no condensed soup in this but if I want to make it vegetarian, what could I use instead of the sausage? I know I could just omit it, but cutting out 3 cups of something sounds like it would make a big difference to the final product. Thanks.

  25. Just the recipe I was looking for! No condensed soups or toppings. Can’t wait to try it.

  26. The cheesier, the better! This looks amazing!!

  27. Ahhh you’re killing me on a Friday afternoon!! Looks so gooooood!!

  28. This looks very delicious. I would try this out this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  29. This seems like one of the best hashbrown casserole ever!

  30. This casserole looks so creamy and cheesy! Pure comfort food!

  31. I love a good hashbrown casserole!

  32. Who doesn’t love a good classic hash brown casserole! Yes please.

  33. Perfect timing! I’ve been craving this lately, but I couldn’t find a recipe without the condensed soups. Yea!

  34. This seriously looks insanely delicious!