Scalloped Potatoes

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 8


This old-fashioned favorite, scalloped potatoes, is rich and aromatic with the combination of fresh boiled potatoes, evaporated milk and grated Parmesan cheese plus a dash of ground black pepper . This is a crowd pleasing recipe! Add chopped ham, red bell pepper and/or diced green chiles to create a new variation on this classic.


  • 2 lbs. (about 6 medium) potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 11 x 7-inch baking dish.

PLACE potatoes in large saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes; drain. Set aside.

HEAT butter in same saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 2 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Gradually stir in evaporated milk and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Arrange potatoes in prepared baking dish; pour milk mixture over potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese.

BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and cheese is light golden brown.

NOTE: For a twist on the traditional, spice up your Scalloped Potatoes with these tips. Add a combination of chopped ham, red bell pepper and/or diced green chiles to the potatoes prior to baking. Or, add 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese to the milk mixture after it is removed from the heat and top the dish with additional shredded cheddar cheese in place of Parmesan cheese.


by K. Kristine , San Diego on Nov. 2010

This recipe is excellent. It is a huge hit with my entire family, including my kids. My mom asks me to make it for all family gatherings!

Very Good

by M. Maggie , on Feb. 2010

I made this and it is so easy and so much better than the box stuff I used to get.

Very good

by D. Dori , Westlake, Oh on Nov. 2009

My two year old even loved it. The second time I made it I doubled the onion and added some montery jack cheese. I put down a layer of potatoes added the cheese then put down the rest and added the sauce and topped with parm. It added just the right extra touch.

Scalloped potatoes

by N. Nancy , CA on Sep. 2009

Not only delicious, but pre-boiling thinly sliced potatoes cuts down on oven time, saving energy. Delicious as a side to grilled wild salmon. A dish that disappears quickly.


by j. jeanne , Craftsbury Common, VT on Jul. 2009

Thanks for reminding me of an old favorite! Will hit the spot tonight with my ham. We like the cheddar cheese version.

Scalloped Potatoes

by K. KATHY , South Daytona, FL on Jul. 2009

This is one of the best and easiest recipes for scalloped potatoes. I have made them this way for years.

scalloped potatoes

by p. pam , Wolcott, CT on Feb. 2009

tasty, my whole family enjoyed this dish.

Quick and Easy!

by C. Candus , SAINT PETER, MN on Jan. 2009

I made these for dinner last night substituting canned potatoes and adding smoked ham and romano cheese in addition to the parmesean. It was very yummy. There were no leftovers! I will definately make these again!

Best potatoe scallops I know

by C. Chi , Green bay, WI on Oct. 2008

The way my Mom showed me was so good. I can not believe I have found a better one!I found it to be easy.And my guests came back for seconds. And keep asking for the recipe! Thanks

Never Fail Potatoes

by J. Jeanne , Huntertown, IN on Aug. 2008

I have used this recipe for years. It has never failed to please everyone with its delicious flavor and texture. I like that it is easy to make and knowing that it will be a family and/or crowd pleaser.