Healthier Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes


These potatoes are so creamy, even with reduced-fat cheese and milk. This is a great side dish to a low-fat meat entree. Just add a green salad to complete the meal!

Close up view of Healthier Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes on a white plate.
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
4 servings


  • 4 russet potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices

  • 1 onion, sliced into rings

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups low-fat (1%) milk

  • 1 ½ cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly butter a 1-quart baking dish.

  2. Layer half the potatoes into the bottom of prepared baking dish. Top with onion slices and add remaining potatoes.

    Overhead of sliced potatoes and onions being placed in layers in a baking dish.

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  3. Season potatoes with salt and pepper.

    Overhead of sliced potatoes in a baking dish getting seasoned with salt and pepper.

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  4. Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Mix in flour and salt, stirring constantly with a whisk, for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Add Cheddar cheese and continue stirring until melted, 30 to 60 seconds.

    Overhead of a cheese mixture in a sauce pot next to a baking dish filled with sliced potatoes.

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  5. Pour cheese sauce over potatoes and cover dish with aluminum foil.

    Overhead of a cheese mixture poured over and spread across sliced potatoes in a baking dish.

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  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese sauce is bubbling and potatoes are tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

Editor's Note:

This recipe is a healthier version of Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

464 Calories
20g Fat
54g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 464
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 841mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 44mg 220%
Calcium 845mg 65%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 1131mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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