Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Easy Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is the perfect side dish to any dinner or holiday meal. It takes just 5 minutes of prep work and is hearty and delicious!

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.

Hashbrown Casserole in casserole dish

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 that is great as a side dish for any dinner or holiday.

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. All you need are some hashbrowns, cream of chicken, sour cream, cheese, bacon and salt and pepper.

This dish is an all-time favorite!

Hashbrown casserole ingredients mixed in bowl

How to Make HashBrown Casserole

This recipe is very simple. And quick!

DUMP, MIX + BAKE. You literally mix everything together, dump it in a 9×13 and bake it!! You add some more cheese just before it’s done cooking, but I’m telling you – just FIVE (yes, 5!!) minutes of work.

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.

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

Variations + Serving Guide

There are a few ways to change up 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, or red pepper flakes
  • Mexican version – add some green chiles and Mexican cheese

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

Hash brown casserole in baking dish

Making Ahead, freezing + reheating

MAKING AHEAD. Of course! 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.

FREEZING. Wrap the dish in freezer wrap or foil and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw completely before baking. Bake in the oven at 350 until heated through.

REHEATING. Reheating your hash brown casserole is a cinch! Just preheat your oven to 375 degrees and reheat for 7-10 minutes or until it’s warmed through. Or you can reheat in the microwave until heat thoroughly. The time will vary depending on your microwave.

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole in casserole dish

With sour cream, bacon, cheese and cream of chicken/mushroom, this hash brown dish is a hit with everyone!

We always have potatoes as a side dish for Sunday meals and holiday dinners, so I’m glad we can use this recipe for those times, especially since everyone loves it.

For more potato casseroles, check out:

Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

4.94 from 16 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 cheese. Mix until well combined and spoon into a greased 13x9 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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Comments:

  1. I can SO relate. Food, potatoes, carbs–they equal happiness!! This looks amazing! Love a good cheesy potato dish!

  2. I think that I am going to have to make this for my husband soon. This looks & sounds very similar to the hashbrown casserole that they serve at Cracker Barrel, and he LOVES it. 🙂

  3. Oh Kristyn – I am going to make this for sure. But is there a soup that is BOTH cream of chicken and mushroom, or one can each? You know me, such a goof when it comes to common sense cooking!! (If I get the answer today I am making this for our missionaries tomorrow!!)

  4. 5 stars
    Found the right soup by the way! And made this last week — and this week both sets of missionaries, the Elders and the Sisters, commented on how much they loved the ‘funeral’ potatoes I made them last week!!! So thank you — again!!

  5. When I make cheesy hashbrown casserole I leave out the sour cream and add one packet of dry ranch dressing to it. My grandkids love it and ask for it everytime we have a holiday. Try it!

  6. 5 stars
    You are one of those beautiful creators that is always full of great surprises. Thank you so very much for this one !

  7. I plan on making this tomorrow, wondering if I could prep and make it all tonight but let it set in fridge till tomorrow morning

  8. 5 stars
    I made this for my BOYFRIEND’S family Christmas get together, it was my first time meeting most of them, and it was a hit. I will definitely keep this recipe for the future.

  9. Thanks for this Krystin! It promises so much yumminess! I’m making this for our Mother’s Day brunch tomorrow — first family gathering since the pandemic began :-). On the off chance you see this before then, quick question. The recipe calls for salt and pepper but doesn’t indicate how much of each. Advice?

    1. Hi Brian! I hope the brunch went well. How exciting to get to be with your family again! Salt and pepper is just to taste, so however much you personally prefer. Hope the casserole was hit! 🙂

  10. This looks great! However, I am still confused about the soup. Is it one can of soup or two? Is it one can of cream of chicken and one can of mushroom or one can of cream of chicken OR mushroom. Please clarify. Thanks so much.

    1. Great question! So there is actually a kind of condensed soup called Cream of Chicken and Mushroom. The recipe calls for one 10 oz can of that. If you can’t find it though, you could use half a can of each or just a full can of whichever flavor you prefer.

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve made this for years, but not with the bacon. That took it to a whole new level of tasty! I could seriously eat this every week. 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    So good! LOVE potatoes of all types. This dish is absolutely perfect potatoes! Love these for breakfast OR for lunch/dinner! I could seriously eat these anytime!!

  13. 5 stars
    This was the best weekend brunch, so hearty and delicious, our whole family loved it and I love how easy it was to make!

  14. 5 stars
    “Dump. Mix. Bake.” This is exactly what this recipe is. So easy to make with a delicious result. The full size is too big for just my family so I’ll divide it and freeze half for another night.

    1. I’d say the 24 oz bag, but honestly, any of them could still work. I’d shoot for the 24 oz bag or larger.