Simple Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

 We just got home from the lake and every time we go and there’s a crowd my mom whips up a couple of pans of delicious and simple cheesy hash brown casserole. They are heaven in your mouth. Do yourself a favor, if you have never had these and put this simple cheesy hash brown casserole recipe on your weekly meal plan (get your meal plan journal here)!

simple cheesy hash brown casserole with cream cheese

What is Hash Brown Casserole?

It’s heaven in your mouth. I know I said that already but it is! It’s actually a combination of 5 basic ingredients – cream of chicken soup, sour cream, cream cheese, shredded cheese and shredded frozen hash browns. Mix the ingredients together, bake and voila you have the very best side dish there ever was.

cheesy hash brown casserole ingredients

What Ingredients Do You Need for a Simple Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole?

  • 1 block of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 8oz bag of shredded cheddar cheese (reserve 1/2 C. for topping)
  • 1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 8 oz container sour cream
  • 1 bag of shredded frozen hash browns (thawed)

How Do You Make this Simple Hash Cheesy Brown Casserole Recipe?

Now that we have all the ingredients let’s start cooking. This is gonna be good. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and pull out your cream cheese and shredded hash browns to allow time to soften/thaw.

You want the cream cheese softened so it’s easier to mix together. Then, grab a large bowl and combine all the ingredients. Add in the block of cream cheese, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, shredded hash browns, and shredded cheese,. Make sure to reserve 1/2 cup shredded cheese for topping.

easy cheesy hash brown casserole with cream of chicken soup

Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish and then pour the combined ingredients in and tamp down gently with a flat spatula. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 C. shredded cheese on top.

Place in the oven for 45-50 minutes (longer if the hash browns are not thawed). The cheese on top should be melted and you should see bubbling around the edges of the pan.

You will be tempted to dive right in but I’ll warn your from my own experience, allow it to sit and cool for a few minutes before eating!

What Do You Serve with Hash Brown Casserole?

Like I said, our family loves it best with BBQ, specifically BBQ chicken breast and my grandmother’s bacon green beans. It also would pair perfect for a ham or turkey for the holidays. You can’t go wrong pairing this hash brown casserole with any meal. Try pairing it with these simple sweet BBQ meatballs or these yummy simple BLT wraps.

quick and easy cheesy hash brown casserole recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you bake the hash brown casserole?

Bake the hash brown casserole in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Can you make hash brown casserole dairy-free?

Check out this recipe from Elizabeth Rider

Why do some people call them funeral potatoes?

It’s a common dish served at funeral luncheons so that’s how it got that nickname!

Should I thaw my frozen hash browns?

Yes! Set them in the refrigerator the night before or pull out on the counter before preparing while your oven is preheating.

How do you reheat hash brown casserole?

We like to reheat it in a preheated 350 oven covered for 15 minutes or until its cooked through.

Can you make ahead and freeze hash brown casserole?

Absolutely. Cover with tin foil and an air tight lid and freeze for up to 3 months. Take out of the freezer and thaw before baking.

Want more help with your holiday meal plan?

Check out this post with a simple holiday meal plan that the whole family will love and won’t stress you out.

Simple Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

simple cheesy hash brown casserole with cream cheese

This easy and cheesy hash brown casserole recipe has 5 basic ingredients - sour cream, cream cheese, frozen shredded hash browns and cream of chicken soup.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 block of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 8oz bag of shredded cheddar cheese (reserve 1/2 C. for topping)
  • 1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 8 oz container sour cream
  • 1 bag of shredded frozen hash browns (thawed)Pr

Instructions

  1. Place hash browns and cream cheese on counter to thaw.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a big bowl and mix together.
  4. Make sure to reserve 1/2 C. shredded cheese for topping.
  5. Place combined mixture in a 9x13 baking dish and tamp down with a flat spatula.
  6. Spread remaining 1/2 C. shredded cheese on top.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven.

Notes

Serve with BBQ or holiday ham! It's a perfect side dish!

Want More Simple Meal Ideas?

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I wrote down this recipe along with the rest of my meal ideas for the week in the Simple Purposeful Living 52-week meal planner.  Get yours here.   Join the Meal Plan Simple on Purpose group on Facebook for more meal planning ideas and support.  Join here.

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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