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No Cream of Soup Potato Casserole (aka Funeral Potatoes)

by Laura

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)


  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk (I even used skim)
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
  • 26-ounce bag frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • Topping:
  • 2 cups of lightly crushed cornflakes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add the butter and onion. Cook until the onion is softened and translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for about a minute.
  3. Add the chicken broth and milk to the mixture. Add each one slowly while whisking.
  4. Add the salt, pepper and thyme and stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce then simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until smooth.
  7. Fold in the thawed hash browns until well combined.
  8. Then in the sour cream. Spread the mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  9. Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the mixture.
  10. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
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Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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Lisa E. September 10, 2022 - 10:11 pm

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 🙂

Laura September 13, 2022 - 1:43 am

So glad to hear! Thanks!

susan October 11, 2021 - 12:30 pm

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.

Laura October 12, 2021 - 1:18 am

I’m not sure why it turned out that way. Did you use the correct amount of flour too?

Penny Roberson October 20, 2022 - 10:24 pm

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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Jane April 3, 2018 - 6:35 pm

Can you make ahead for next day or freeze?

Cynthia Brown March 25, 2018 - 9:29 pm

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

Tara Guise March 6, 2018 - 8:28 am

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.

Carole Baillargeon October 31, 2017 - 3:48 am

where are the potatoes in this recipe and how much do we use?

Laura November 2, 2017 - 5:03 pm

They are the shredded hashbrowns listed in the recipe as well as the instructions.

Chris November 1, 2016 - 3:40 pm


donna May 4, 2014 - 10:12 am

Can this casserole be made ahead and frozen?

Kim.naprodr April 19, 2014 - 5:12 pm

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.

Cathy January 27, 2014 - 6:25 am

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?

Heather W. October 3, 2013 - 9:03 pm

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!!!

Staci M March 21, 2013 - 12:28 pm

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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Laura April 22, 2012 - 7:29 am

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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Helen D. April 3, 2012 - 8:37 pm

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

ddenn November 12, 2012 - 12:16 pm

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

Melanie March 27, 2012 - 8:58 pm

This is on the menu for our Easter dinner – we love this one!

Elizabeth Ann March 27, 2012 - 10:16 am

Looks amazing! 🙂 I’m going to have to add them to my Easter menu TOO! 🙂

Crystal @ Crystal's Cozy Kitchen March 27, 2012 - 9:55 am

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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