Easy Hashbrown Casserole

Hashbrown casserole is easy, cheesy, takes only minutes to throw together, and is a favorite side dish for holiday dinners from Easter to Christmas and casual weeknight dinners alike. Total comfort food!

Using a serving spoon to take a scoop of hashbrown casserole out of the pan.

Ahhhh, hashbrown casserole.

Creamy, cheesy and absolutely, positively addicting. If it’s never graced your table, you HAVE to make it, immediately! My aunt makes a version slightly different from this, but it always shows up at Easter and Christmas. Not surprisingly, cheesy potatoes go exceptionally well with ham dishes!

I recently made this to go along with meatloaf for a Sunday dinner. We were a very small crowd that week and four adults polished off all but one row of this casserole. Granted, it was the only side dish we had, but still… we crushed it. We couldn’t stop taking just one more little scoop after another.

So basically, you should be assured that this be a massive, massive hit whenever you make it.

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An overhead view of hashbrown casserole right out of the oven.

What Is Hashbrown Casserole?

Hashbrown casserole is one of the most addicting side dishes you will ever eat! It’s an easy casserole that takes less than 10 minutes to mix together – simply stir together thawed hash browns, butter, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, chopped onion, shredded cheddar cheese, salt and pepper, pour it into a casserole dish and pop it in the oven!

Some consider this a copycat of the Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole; I’ve never tasted it, but my husband confirmed that it tastes very similar. So if you’re a fan of that, you’ll love this recipe!

It’s also a cousin to the cheesy potato casserole with Cornflake topping that I made a couple of years ago; many people refer to that particular recipe as “funeral potatoes”.

A bowl with all of the ingredients for hashbrown casserole.

Do You Have to Thaw the Hash Browns?

In a word, yes. Using totally frozen hash browns will cause the dish to take quite a long time to bake and it won’t brown and bubble up as nicely. If you didn’t allow enough time to thaw them per the package instructions, you can always microwave them; just be sure to drain before adding to the recipe.

A pan of hashbrown casserole prepared and ready for the oven.

More Notes on Hashbrown Casserole:

  • Want to make this hashbrown casserole without the condensed soup? Check out the recipe from The Chunky Chef.
  • This casserole would lend itself to tons of modifications based on personal preferences – add bell peppers, ham, sausage, bacon, broccoli… so many options!
  • Looking for a crockpot hashbrown casserole? I have one! The Slow Cooker Sausage, Hash Brown & Cheddar Breakfast Casserole is a huge favorite, especially for holiday mornings!
  • You can freeze the hashbrown casserole, either before baking it or after it has been baked and cooled. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking or reheating in the oven.

An overhead view of a serving of hashbrown casserole on a plate.

If you’re short on ideas for Easter side dishes, you won’t find one easier or more delicious than this hashbrown casserole.

Then, tuck it away for Christmas or any other gathering casual gathering when you want to make a big hit, because I guarantee that this will be the first thing to disappear every single time!

A plate of hashbrown casserole.

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Hashbrown Casserole

This easy, cheesy hashbrown casserole takes only minutes to throw together, and is a favorite side dish for holiday dinners from Easter to Christmas and casual weeknight dinners alike. Total comfort food!

Ingredients:

  • 32 ounces frozen hashbrowns, thawed
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 (10¼-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together all of the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake until golden brown and bubbling, 30 to 45 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes:

  • Want to make this hashbrown casserole without the condensed soup? Check out the recipe from The Chunky Chef.
  • This casserole would lend itself to tons of modifications based on personal preferences – add bell peppers, ham, sausage, bacon, broccoli… so many options!
  • Looking for a crockpot hashbrown casserole? I have one! The Slow Cooker Sausage, Hash Brown & Cheddar Breakfast Casserole is a huge favorite, especially for holiday mornings!
  • You can freeze the hashbrown casserole, either before baking it or after it has been baked and cooled. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking or reheating in the oven.

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