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Freshly baked cheesy hashbrown casserole
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Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

This Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole delivers the ultimate comfort food. Creamy potatoes, flavorful cheddar, and the perfect amount of spice create a drool-worthy one-pot meal. A make-ahead casserole that comes together in 20 minutes for the win!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 262kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 slices bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper
  • 1 30-ounce package frozen shredded hashbrown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 10.5-ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese grated (2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 green onions chopped for garnish

Instructions

  • Adjust the oven's rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350℉/177℃. Lightly grease a 9"x13" casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Place a cast-iron skillet or pan over medium-low heat, add bacon and cook until golden and crisp, 4-6 minutes. Transfer the bacon bits to a paper-towel-lined plate and set aside. Pour off all except 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings.
  • Add the chopped onions, garlic, and green bell pepper to the pan and cook until the onions are translucent and softened (3-4 minutes). Remove the skillet from the stove and set it aside.
  • In a large bowl, add thawed hash brown potatoes, condensed cream of chicken soup, sour cream, melted butter, shredded cheese (reserve ¼ cup for the topping), cooked onion and pepper mixture, half of the bacon bits, salt, and pepper. Stir using a spatula until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the hash brown potato mixture into your prepared baking pan and press down slightly, creating an even layer. Cover it with foil, then bake for 45-50 minutes, or until it bubbles. The internal temperature should register at least 165-175°F/75-80℃.
  • Remove the foil, top with the reserved shredded cheese, and bake for 15 more minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.
  • Remove the hash brown casserole from the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped green onions and the remaining bacon. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can add ham, sausage, or chicken for a meaty hash brown casserole.
  • Enjoy a crispier hash brown potato casserole by adding crushed ritz crackers, cornflakes, potato chips, or breadcrumbs over the shredded cheese before putting it back in the oven for the final melt.
  • For extra gooey goodness, you can add mozzarella, Colby, Jack, Gouda, Provolone, or another cheese you like to the cheddar. More cheese is always good!
  • Save the extra bacon drippings for later. Anything fried in bacon grease is delicious.
  • Please remember that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 160g | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 625mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g