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Scalloped Potatoes Recipe For One

These easy, cheesy scalloped potatoes are creamy, extra cheesy, and incredibly delicious! Made with just 1 medium-sized potato sliced thin and surrounded by a rich, velvety smooth cheese sauce. This wonderful side dish is sure to become a favorite.

a red bowl filled with cheese topped scalloped potatoes on a silver tray.

Any meal can be turned into a special one when homemade scalloped potatoes make an appearance.

With its layers of thinly sliced potatoes and creamy cheese sauce baked until bubbly, I can't think of another dish that blends elegance and simplicity so well.

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Scalloped potatoes were always requested by my oldest son as part of his birthday dinner when he was growing up. Whether or not we grilled steaks or baked chicken, cheesy scalloped potatoes had to be on the menu. To this day, he asks for this potato dish when we get together for Easter, Thanksgiving, or any family dinner.

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Why This Recipe Works

I have to confess that I grew up on boxed scalloped potatoes and didn't make the homemade version until later in life. Back then, I didn't know what I was missing and now, I'll never go back.

This is the best scalloped potatoes recipe I've tried!

It's a scaled down version of my family's favorite recipe. It's filled with layers of potatoes and a simple yet extravagant tasting sauce. I think you'll love it too!

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Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

To make a single serving of scalloped potatoes, you will need:

  • Potato: Use 1 medium russet potato.
  • Butter: 1 tablespoon of salted butter
  • Flour: 1 tablespoon of all purpose flour (plain flour) to thicken the sauce.
  • Milk: Use 1/2 cup of milk for the sauce. I use cow's milk, any percentage will work. You can use almond milk instead, if desired.
  • Cheese: I recommend using 1/2 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese for the sauce and an additional 2 tablespoons for the delicious cheesy topping.
  • Salt and black pepper: Use 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper for flavor.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Slice the potato into 1/4-inch slices.
  2. Place the potato slices in a small lightly buttered baking dish.
  3. Make the cheese sauce and pour over the potatoes.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes; remove from the oven and add shredded Cheddar cheese to the top. Return to the oven to bake for an additional 20 minutes.

These scalloped potatoes are so incredibly delicious! The creamy sauce between the tender layers of potatoes is heavenly.

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four photos showing the steps involved in making scalloped potatoes.

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Expert Tips

  • Be sure to slice the potatoes very thin. Thin potatoes cook faster and become incredibly tender.
  • Feel free to experiment with this recipe to suit your tastes. Scalloped potatoes with ham is a great way to change it up.
  • Consider adding a little goat cheese between the layers of potatoes. The cheese melts so well and adds a nice flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Best Potatoes To Use In Scalloped Potatoes?

My personal preference is to use Yukon Gold potatoes because I love the creamy texture and buttery flavor. These are the potatoes I use in our Mashed Potatoes Recipe For One.
Russet potatoes are also a good choice. Since this is a single serving recipe, choose a potato that is smaller in size.

What Is The Difference Between Scalloped Potatoes and Potatoes Au Gratin?

These two potato side dishes are very similar.
Scalloped potatoes consist of thinly sliced potatoes layered in a baking dish and baked with a cheese sauce made from milk or cream and cheese.
Potatoes Au Gratin features shredded cheese sprinkled between the layers of potatoes. Often, you'll find bread crumbs sprinkled on top of the dish before it bakes in the oven.

Serving Suggestions

You might like to consider serving one of these delicious single serving main dishes with your potatoes:

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this scalloped potatoes recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

For this scalloped potatoes recipe for one, I use a small baking dish that measures approximately 4 to 5-inches in diameter. A 10-ounce ramekin is also a good size to use. Also used in this recipe is a 1-quart saucepan.

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bowl of scalloped potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cool: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords: potatoes, scalloped potatoes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 496kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 medium Yukon Gold potato , peeled, sliced, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Place potatoes into a buttered 5-inch baking dish or a baking dish of similar size. Set aside
    sliced potatoes in a baking dish | One Dish Kitchen
  • Melt butter over medium heat in a 1-quart saucepan. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly stir in milk. Cook, stirring frequently until mixture is smooth and has thickened, 2 minutes.
  • Stir in ½ cup cheese, salt, and pepper and continue stirring until cheese has melted.
  • Pour over potatoes; place dish on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
    sliced potatoes with sauce in a baking dish | One Dish Kitchen
  • Remove from oven and top with 2 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese; return to oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes, until cheese has melted.
    bowl of scalloped potatoes


Expert Tips
  • Be sure to slice the potatoes very thin. Thin potatoes cook faster and become incredibly tender.
  • Feel free to experiment with this recipe to suit your tastes. Scalloped potatoes with ham is a great way to change it up.
  • Consider adding a little goat cheese between the layers of potatoes. The cheese melts so well and adds a nice flavor.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 810mg | Potassium: 948mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1165IU | Vitamin C: 19.4mg | Calcium: 608mg | Iron: 6.2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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10 thoughts on “Scalloped Potatoes Recipe For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Made this as a side dish for hubby tonight – after more than 40 years of nothing but potatos with every meal (to say hes picky is a huge understatement lol) I can’t bring myself to eat them anymore, so this small batch was perfect for him. He wolfed the entire thing down in pretty much record time! Thanks for this recipe, I’m sure it will be a lifesaver in the future 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I usedbthis recipe since I’m counting calories and didn’t want a bunch of scalloped potatoes. 1/2 cup milk made the sauce too thick so I ended up needing 3/4 cup milk. All I have on hand is unsweetened almond milk which worked great! I used 1 tb light butter. I also used 2 tb grated parmesan and 2 tb sharp shredded cheddar instead of 1/2 cup of cheese for one serving of and this was the perfect amount for me. I added a little more seasoning and this was so delicious I wished I could eat it again immediately after finishing.

  3. Beyond perfect. I would add no salt, just me. made this with the sausage and peppers recipe. for a full meal, I may add kielbasa or ham, maybe some mushrooms/onions, and slightly larger dish. And a little green salad on the side.

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