Hashbrown Casserole

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole takes minutes to prep and is the perfect side dish to any dinner or holiday meal!

I love a good casserole, whether it’s a main dish, or a side dish like this one! For more easy casserole style sides, try Cauliflower Casserole or Broccoli Cheese Casserole.

Close up of Hashbrown Casserole in casserole dish with bacon and green onions.

all-time favorite Casserole

We’ve discussed our love of potatoes many a time here on Lil’ Luna. One of the best ways to enjoy them is in casserole form, and although we have plenty of potato casserole recipes here on the blog, today’s Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is another favorite.

It’s great as a side dish for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter or just a plain ol’ weeknight dinner.

This Hashbrown Casserole reminds me of the Funeral Potatoes we’ve made for years and years, but it’s even easier!! And the best part is we usually have these ingredients on hand at all times.

This dish is an all-time favorite!

How to Make HashBrown Casserole

This recipe is very simple. And quick!

PREP. Preheat oven to 375°F.

MIX. In a large bowl, combine hash browns, bacon, soup, sour cream, and 1 cup cheese. Mix until well combined and spoon into a greased 13×9 dish.

BAKE. Bake for 30 minutes. Take out and sprinkle on the last of the cheese and cook an additional 10 minutes.

Creamy, cheesy hash brown casserole ingredients mixed in bowl.

Change it up!

There are a few variations for this recipe. Here are some suggestions:

Cubed Hashbrowns. You can use these, but you may need to cook it for a bit longer since the potatoes are more thick.

Cheese. Change up the flavor by using different cheeses.

Additions/Toppings.

  • diced bell peppers
  • green onions
  • avocado
  • chiles
  • red pepper flakes
  • cubed ham in place of bacon bits
  • sprinkle crushed corn flakes, ritz crackers or bread crumbs on top

Mexican version. Add some green chiles and Mexican cheese.

Fresh potatoes. Use fresh russet potatoes and make your own hash browns. Peel the potatoes then use a cheese grater to shred the potatoes. Weigh out 24 oz and then place the shredded potatoes in a bowl of cold water to soak for 30-60 minutes. Drain, pat dry and use in the recipe. 

Hashbrown casserole in baking dish ready for baking.

recipe tips

Bacon. It does call for bacon, but you can just use pre-cooked bacon if you’re going for easy. We loved that it required little work and was so delicious too. If you want to use fresh cooked bacon try out this Bacon in the Oven recipe.

Slow cooker. We also have a slow cooker casserole version of this as well so be sure to check it out.

Thawing potatoes. The best way to thaw the hash brown is to pour the bag of the frozen potatoes into a colander. Place the colander in a pan and let the hash browns thaw at room temperature. The excess liquid will drain out of the colander. 

Cream of soup. I used a can of “cream of chicken and mushroom Soup”. If you can’t find a soup with that combination, use a can of either cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup.

Close up of cheesy hashbrown casserole with bacon and green onions on top.

serving + STORING

Holiday Serving Guide. Each 9×13 dish can typically serve 8-10 people, with that in mind.

  • For 20 people – double recipe
  • For 25-30 people – triple recipe
  • For 35 people – quadruple recipe

How to store

Make ahead of time. We love that this side dish can be made up to 48 hours in advance. Just cover and store in the fridge until ready to bake. Add a few minutes to the cook time if the casserole is still cold.

FREEZE. Wrap the dish in with plastic wrap and again with aluminum foil and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw completely and remove wrappings before baking. Bake in the oven at 350 until heated through.

REHEAT. Reheating your hash brown casserole is a cinch!

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F and reheat for 7-10 minutes or until it’s warmed through.
  • Or reheat in the microwave until heat thoroughly. The time will vary depending on your microwave.
Hashbrown casserole being scooped out of baking dish.

For more potato casseroles, check out:

Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

4.98 from 41 votes
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole takes minutes to prep and is the perfect side dish to any dinner or holiday meal!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 249 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 5 slices cooked bacon (cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 24 oz frozen shredded hash browns thawed
  • 10 oz cream of chicken and mushroom (1 can)
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine hash browns, bacon, soup, sour cream, and 1 cup of cheese. Mix until well combined and spoon into a greased 13×9 dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Take out and sprinkle on the last of the cheese and cook an additional 10 minutes.

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  1. 5 stars
    When I was growing up, my aunt made hash brown casserole every Easter. I enjoyed it and have made her recipe many times. However, your updates have vastly improved this dish. It is a good holiday side, since it can be prepared in advance.Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. My favorite side dish for any holiday besides green bean casserole. It’s so easy to make that I can make it any time of the year.

  3. 5 stars
    This is my all time favorite casserole! I make 2 of these for each side of my family every year for Thanksgiving! Love how simple it is to throw everything in a bowl, dump it, & bake it! I love the taste of the cheesy potatoes, made smooth by the sour cream, with the crunch of the cracker topping! 😋

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