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Simple Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe

Simple Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe

These cheesy potatoes are always welcome at our dinner table, and they're so simple to make. A perfect complement to ham, this homey side dish also goes well with pork, chicken and other entrees. -Cris O'Brien, Virginia Beach, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 cups thinly sliced peeled potatoes (about 6 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in cheese until melted. Add potatoes and onion.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake 1 hour. Uncover; bake 30-40 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 224 calories, 10g fat (7g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 605mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

Reviews for Simple Au Gratin Potatoes

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Lexie61 User ID: 7313316 254402
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"I'm eating these potatoes as I'm typing. Cut the recipe in half as it's just my husband and I Taste good. I put less salt in it as the cheese I used was a little salty. Worked out perfectly. In the last 15 minutes of bake time I raised the temperature to 425 degrees. I like my potatoes golden. Then I sprinkled on more cheese, a blend of cheddar and monterey jack, until golden. Think next time I might add some finely diced ham and parsley or sprinkle with crispy crumbled bacon."

goffhouse3 User ID: 979364 253243
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2016

"Favorite at our home, but I leave the salt to everyone's discretion."

Linda4325 User ID: 8723650 253160
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016

"SALTY! I doubled the recipe and used only 2 teaspoons of salt in total and it was still way too much. These are good but the salt is distracting."

KathyDiNi User ID: 8513985 252426
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"This was good, not great. Omitted the onions and added more cheese and breadcrumbs. It came out a little runny but that could have been my fault as I probably could have left it in the oven longer. Probably will need to tweak a bit more."

Lizannew5 User ID: 8818781 246099
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"Easy & delicious! Prepped night before. Used red potatoes (my favorite). I added bacon for added flavor & a bit more cheese on top. Used corn starch, instead of flour, for gluten-free!"

grogfan1 User ID: 8799242 245198
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"Really quick and easy sauce to make but after an hour had to turn my oven up to 425? to get my potatoes to cook. My husband loved them and I will use this recipe again!"

Drayepbfi User ID: 8799095 245189
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"Easy to make and yummy!!"

lepleyracing User ID: 1497870 243829
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"We enjoyed this recipe. I followed the recipe as written except I added another cup of cheese on top and let them brown. For us it needed a bit more seasoning and onions"

96Kam User ID: 8763731 243416
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"Amazing !!! It's a hit every time. I use almond milk instead of 2 %."

cyndysz User ID: 8723575 242852
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"Just made these potatoes last night. Used a little less salt as recommended and used the cheese I had on hand...shredded Colby & Monterey Jack. All other directions I followed as given. The result...the best au gratin potatoes I have ever made or tasted. I never go wrong with a Taste of Home recipe."

Teddimay User ID: 8676568 240310
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"Good recipe; can use the cheese mixture on Mac n cheese too. I made mine gluten and lactose free by using gluten free flour mix and lactaid milk and added more butter, melted it and poured some on top with extra cheese before baking. Great left over with eggs..... Garlic and onion powder for extra flavor."

Hunter29 User ID: 8675801 240246
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"These were great. Easy to make and every one enjoyed them. Great recipe."

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 240239
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"Perfect. I added about a half tsp of thyme. I also used skim milk because that's what I had, and yellow potatoes instead of russets. Very good."

sflynn1552 User ID: 8628771 239097
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"Simple fast and great tasting"

Resh29 User ID: 8653496 239058
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"Easy and delicious! Added some bacon for extra flavor. Great recipe..."

s_pants User ID: 174050 238635
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"Enjoyed by all! I had never fixed au gratin potatoes before. This was simple and easy."

Lovepiggs User ID: 986676 236905
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"These were so easy and delicious. I halved the recipe because there is just hubby & myself. I used part cheddar and part pepper jack because that's what I had in the house. I grated the onion so the flavor would be throughout the dish. Very enjoyable."

Bertcorbell User ID: 7588592 228656
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2015

"Good basic recipe I will tweek this to make it El Paso and Corbell family perfect (for us). Thanks for a great start!"

MyWand User ID: 8356548 228000
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"Delicious easy to prepare. I fix this potato dish every couple of weeks . So not to tired of it to soon."

MapleB User ID: 7525346 225064
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2015

"Easy, delicious, and a hit! I added more cheese because... why not!?"

MsLegal1 User ID: 7724222 224754
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2015

"Made these yesterday and followed recipe! Delicious!"

TerryH1387 User ID: 2222889 224214
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"Made this for Easter dinner and followed the recipe. Loved it and will definitely make it again."

StoneysMom User ID: 8293513 222848
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"Turns out great every time! I add a pound of sausage for a no-hassle meal that everyone loves!"

Shelly2600 User ID: 8228786 218811
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Enjoyed this recipe. I added bacon and a couple different cheeses. My family loved it."

Janay_B User ID: 8225083 218579
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"Loved this recipe! I added diced up garlic also and seasoned with my own lite kick. I also used multiple cheeses. This was my first time making it. It is a keeper!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 218213
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"Excellent! Cut the recipe in half and didn't bake it as long, and it came out terrific! Will definitely make this again."

cindysue125 User ID: 8216701 218064
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"this recipe was very easy and looks good. I only changed one thing and that was just using half the salt which happens to be way too much also. you should add salt last, the cheese can have lots of salt and the butter too. It is ruined and will go in the trash and I hate wasting food. sad sad"

Brigus User ID: 8206339 217442
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"Excellent flavor and easy to make. Next time I will diced garlic and jalapeno for added flavor and some Texas kick. Rick"

crsg User ID: 6995393 216528
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Wonderful and easy. Doubled the recipe. The best au gratin/scalloped potato recipe I've found. So good that after serving 10 on Christmas Day, I was asked to make it again to go with the left-over ham. For the cheese I used 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar and 1 cup shredded Colby & Montery jack cheese. This is a keeper."

Dbfletch User ID: 8187776 216233
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"DELICIOUS!!! Made this as a side dish to our Christmas ham and it was everyone's favorite dish. Perfect recipe!"

gourmetwanttabe User ID: 6662108 86582
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014

"I've looked for years for a recipe that cooks the potatoes completely and now I've found it. Very tasty and quick to put together. Not one complaint or alteration needed:)"

gardenerbowler User ID: 728617 35399
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"First time making this recipe. The neighbors that I shared it with and myself said it was really good. It had good flavor and the potatoes were perfect. I usually share with my friends when trying new recipes. I like the way this recipe is put together."

zensu11 User ID: 8002092 112872
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014


AnnaC44 User ID: 7999602 36103
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"My family says "you knocked it outta the ballpark with this one"! I think that means I'll be buying more potatoes :). Easy to make too (and I'm a novice cook at best)! We truly love this!"

robert-1 User ID: 7999328 52980
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"It is awesome"

Jessi617 User ID: 7964508 129430
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"Always a big hit in my house!"

hlovestocook User ID: 7904399 79502
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

"dollargirl, how did it go making for 100 people? Very curios, I was thinking about trying it."

dollargirl User ID: 939213 109634
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"I tried this a couple of weeks ago and my family loved it. I'm going to make it again tomorrow for a crowd of 100 people! Wish me luck!"

dragotnink User ID: 1043335 109583
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"A go-to in my home. Lots of sauce, but I too add an addition potato and it is perfect!"

hwi2001 User ID: 5963138 57105
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014 Edited Apr. 24, 2014

"Very good flavor but a bit heavy on the onion. In following the recipe exactly, I felt there was too much sauce, which can easily be remedied by adding another potato or two to soak up more of the sauce. Next time I may add a minced clove of garlic as someone else suggested to see how that tastes as well as cut back a bit on the onion. Otherwise a very good side dish that was fairly easy to make."

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 109571
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"Very tasty dish. I added a 4.5 ounce can of mild green chiles to the recipe and it added just the right amount of zip for my families tastes. I also used a combination of red and Yukon gold potatoes, kept the peels on just scrubbed them well and sliced. With the addition of the peels and the chiles it amped up the flavors and the visual appeal as well."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 52976
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"Simple to make, really good. Great basic recipe."

memryskr10 User ID: 7211420 109570
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"Very tasty,,but next time I will double the sauce to make it creamier. I also added 1/8 tsp. of Thyme to give it extra flavor."

rharkless User ID: 1200027 35397
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

"My very picky husband (who doesn't really like scalloped potatoes) said these are great. Guess all he needed was a little cheese to change his mind!"

ColoradoCountryGirl User ID: 7235424 52974
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"This was great! Even my picky eater husband liked it! I used red and Yukon Gold potatoes and did not peel them. Yum!"

DoggieMom2 User ID: 5596773 109518
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"This is the same recipe that I grew up on. The only change I made was using 1 tsp. onion powder instead of the chopped onion (I just added it to the sauce mixture). Still yummy after all these years. A definite keeper!"

michelle2984 User ID: 5654072 40954
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"Love this recipe! I add minced garlic when melting the butter. I've made this 3 times and the last time I doubled everything but the potatoes to make sure it was extra creamy. My family loved it!"

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 35396
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"I love that these potatoes are so creamy and delicious and made with real cheese (not processed cheese food product). I served these for Christmas dinner alongside a prime rib roast. My sister followed me into the kitchen as I cleared the table after dinner, picking the last little bits from the pan. :) They are so good!"

Beckythebarber User ID: 6988440 52972
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"I made a double portion and took to a Christmas dinner. This was a hit! It was easy to make and nothing tricky was involved. Be sure to follow the steps and you won't be sorry!"

tamivank User ID: 1353527 40925
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"These were so easy to make and so very good! Nice and cheesy. I shredded my own sharp cheddar cheese and the taste was fantastic! This recipe is a keeper!"

parish User ID: 306478 36098
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Excellent, and easy. I like it when I look at a recipe and realize the ingredients are in my kitchen.

After taking the cover off, I added a few French fried onions. I will make this again."

Tsmith55 User ID: 3710697 101936
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"This is exactly what it is supposed to taste like. I've tried several recipes, but I'm done looking. This is the one."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4495008 42602
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012


eaglesgreen User ID: 5653783 36097
Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"great au gratin recipe. just like mom used to make. omitted onion & increased potatoes. served alongside ham & havard beets."

sfprincess User ID: 2695305 40924
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Old style simplicity with home comfort taste. My husband and boss were very impressed. Made alongside baked chicken, cooked carrots, and biscuits."

jlbjeanie User ID: 2196501 109440
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"Just an excellent au gratin potatoe recipe!"

tstreich User ID: 1042559 36096
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"Very good and easy potatoes. The first time I made they were pretty rich with alot of sauce. The next time I made using about 6 cups of potatoes and they were perfect! I lighten them up with light margarine, skim milk and 2% cheese."

MostlyElena User ID: 5323655 62768
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"Delicious! I added in thinly sliced kielbasa, green onions, and used garlic salt instead of table salt. I also covered the top with another layer of cheese after the first hour of covered baking, so when it was done there was a nice brown cheesy crust on top. Will definitely make this again."

Tinkboxer User ID: 5505488 62764
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"This was absolutely delicious!!! Will make again very soon :)"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1510 101934
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"very good. I think next time, I will add more pepper, but really really good.."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 57046
Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"These are the best au gratin potatoes I've ever made. Very rich and cheesy, in fact my mom thought I used cream instead of milk."

CrazyMustangMary User ID: 1181881 36094
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"This recipe is very easy to make. I doubled the cheese, cut the onion in half plus I placed 3 strips of bacon in the bottom of the casserole dish and 4 strips of bacon across the top. My family loved this. I definately be making this again."

reenie_11 User ID: 4854582 52968
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"Tastes like my grandmas! Delicious!!"

Kristihuggs User ID: 1287937 101933
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"This was simple and very tasty. I used green onions instead of white. I will make this again!"

LilyLouBell User ID: 1680172 40912
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"Yummy, yummy, yummy. Will make this again and again!"

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 101841
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2009

"This is an excellent basic au gratin potato recipe. Because we love cheese so much, I added an extra 1/4 cup or so of grated cheddar."

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