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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.

Scalloped Potatoes in a round baking dish next to a red cloth napkin

It seems 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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Homemade Scalloped Potatoes

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!

Sliced potatoes on a cutting board next to a large knife

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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.

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

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

  • 1 medium potato
  • butter
  • all purpose flour
  • milk
  • cheddar cheese
  • salt
  • pepper

How To Make Scalloped Potatoes

Step 1

Slice the potato into 1/4-inch slices and place the potatoes in a small buttered baking dish.

Sliced potatoes in a round baking dish next to a large knife

Step 2

Make the cheese sauce and pour over the potatoes.

Sliced potatoes topped with sauce in a round baking dish next to a large knife

Step 3

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.

Scalloped potatoes topped with cheese in a round baking dish

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

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Best Potatoes To Use

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.

Pro Tip: 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.

Also, consider adding a little goat cheese between the layers of potatoes. The cheese melts so well and adds a nice flavor.

Scalloped Potatoes in a round baking dish next to a red cloth napkin

What To Serve With Recipe

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

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.

For best results, use a baking dish of similar size.

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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: 55 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords: 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 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 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


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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6 thoughts on “Scalloped Potatoes Recipe For One”

  1. 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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