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No Cream of Soup Potato Casserole (aka Funeral Potatoes)

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Today’s No Cream of Soup Potato Casserole recipe is what is traditionally known here in Utah as funeral potatoes. I know it is a weird name for them. However, it get that name because it is usually served along with ham at a luncheon following a funeral. I have heard in other parts of the country that the recipe is known as party potatoes. Whatever you like to call them doesn’t matter. They are delicious and are excellent served with ham and a must for Easter at my house.

Now, the traditional recipe I know calls for a can of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup.  I have make other similar versions made using whipping cream (Shredded Potato au Gratin and Market Street Potatoes Au Gratin). But they don’t have that creamy consistency of the recipe you make with the cream soup. It tends to be drier than the traditional recipe also.

So I was happy to try a version. It was just as creamy as the traditional version, but without the cream soup.  With this recipe you just make a cream base in its place. They turn out just as rich and creamy!

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No Cream of Soup Potato Casserole (aka Funeral Potatoes)

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  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • ½ large yellow onion diced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk I even used skim
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 8 ounces
  • 26- ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns thawed
  • ½ cup light sour cream


  • 2 cups of lightly crushed cornflakes
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted


  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the butter and onion. Cook until the onion is softened and translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for about a minute.
  • Add the chicken broth and milk to the mixture. Add each one slowly while whisking.
  • Add the salt, pepper and thyme and stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce then simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until smooth.
  • Fold in the thawed hash browns until well combined.
  • Then in the sour cream. Spread the mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the mixture.
  • Bake at 325 for 45 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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  1. This is the best “funeral potatoes” recipe I have come across. I made it for New Year’s brunch and it was a huge hit – everyone commented on how cheesy and creamy it is!!! I followed the recipe proportions exactly ( except I used heavy cream)and it was not watery at all. I recommend this recipe if you are trying to cut out salt (from canned soup) without losing yumminess.

  2. I know this is an older recipe, but I wanted to tell you how much I love it! My husband does Weight Watchers and my father has a limited diet due to heart issues, so I was thrilled to find this “sans cream soup” recipe. I thought if it was good for the hashbrowns, what about all the other cream soup recipes? IT WORKS! I just stop before the cheese. I make THE BEST chicken and rice 🙂

  3. HELP! I made this yesterday and for some reason they were watery. Three cups broth and two cups milk seemed like to much. I used the Orieda Hash browns that have the peppers in them (two 28 oz bags) It was like potatoe soup. I would like to make them again, what did I do wrong.

    1. It will be watery unless you thaw and then drain the potatoes before you combine them. There is a lot of water in the frozen potatoes.

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  5. I will be happy to try this recipe. I cannot eat msg without throwing up so no Campbell soup in my food.

  6. I need to eliminate white potatoes from my diet and funeral potatoes are a Easter brunch tradition. Have you substituted sweet potatoes for the hash browns in this recipe? What are your thoughts.

  7. Can’t wait to try this for Easter dinner tomorrow. We also are trying to avoid artificially flavored or colored foods, and extra salt or MSG.

  8. This is by and far our fave party potato recipe! Thanks for sharing! I’m planning to make it for a brunch but my oven space is limited. Do you think it would be ok if cooked in a crock pot?

  9. I made this tonight and it was delicious!!!! I was so excited to find a version of this recipe that didn’t have canned soup. I’m allergic to anything derived from corn and there is a lot of that in canned soup. –I added a little extra onion powder to the mix and crunched crackers on top instead of cornflakes. Fantastic!!!

  10. THANK YOU!!! We are trying to eliminate all processed foods in our home and this was exactly what I was looking for. Life-saver you are!!

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  12. I live in the Midwest in a small town & I can tell you that we too make these for funeral dinners! Some top them with cornflakes others do not, but my Mother’s tried & true recipe that she makes for every funeral dinner our church has includes cornflakes! So funny to see that this is a tradition in Utah!

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  14. How can you be so proud of eliminating the “cream of” soup and then top the whole dish with cornflakes?

    1. What is wrong with Corn Flakes?? They aren’t unhealthy. Now, if it called for Cap n’Crunch, that would be unhealthy!

  15. I’ve tried to make my own version of this dish without the cream of whatever soup, and I haven’t ever really been satisfied with how it turned out. I can’t wait to try this one!

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