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Vegetarian Main Courses - Cheese, Onion and Potato Bake

Updated on June 1, 2020
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Imogen is from West Dorset, UK. Her favourite subjects are the environment, gardening, and vegetarian food.

Cheese, onion and potato bake is a simple, cheap and tasty vegetarian main course. It is a great standby when you don't have many ingredients in the house, is easy and quick to prepare and makes a lovely warming and filling meal.

Cheese, potato and onion bake: topped with parsley and ready to cook in the oven ...
Cheese, potato and onion bake: topped with parsley and ready to cook in the oven ... | Source


  • 1 lb potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 3/4 pint cheese sauce (see link below for cheese sauce recipe)
  • an extra handful of grated cheese
  • 1 oz butter
  • Fresh herbs (or dried herbs) and seasoning according to taste

Sliced potatoes
Sliced potatoes | Source
Chopped red onions
Chopped red onions | Source


  • Peel and slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices. Boil for 5 to 10 minutes until just cooked.
  • Chop some fresh herbs - thyme and parsley work well in this dish
  • Roughly chop the onions, and sauté in the butter with the chopped herbs until soft and just turning golden brown.
  • Warm up or make the cheese sauce (link to my recipe below)
  • Once everything is cooked place the onions, potatoes and cheese sauce in alternating layers in a large ovenproof dish, finishing with a topping of cheese sauce
  • Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese and some fresh parsley on top, then bake in a hot oven for about 20 minutes, until the cheese has gone golden brown on top.

Best served with a helping of freshly steamed green vegetables or peas for a nourishing and hearty meal.

© 2012 Imogen French


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    • Imogen French profile imageAUTHOR

      Imogen French 

      14 months ago from Southwest England

      Thanks for checking it out Rajan Singh Jolly - hope you do get round to trying it.

      This is quite an old recipe now (though still a family favourite, and I make it often). However, I noticed the hub needed reformatting, as the new style of layout didn't work very well as it was. So, although I haven't rewritten it, it has been rearranged so that it reads better now, and I hope it is easier to follow.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      14 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Interesting recipe. Need to try it out.

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      8 years ago from India

      Awesome recipe. Wil try this soon.

    • Imogen French profile imageAUTHOR

      Imogen French 

      8 years ago from Southwest England

      Hi Jools, thanks for your comment and votes.

      I have a son who dislikes onions too, I usually have to make him a separate dish with none in! Personally, I love the sweet flavour of the caramelised onions, and don't think this dish tastes of much without them.

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      Imogen French 

      8 years ago from Southwest England

      Great to hear that Gloshei - it's always good to get feedback on recipes. Thanks for letting me know :)

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      8 years ago from France

      Just popped in again Imogen to say I tried your cheese sauce recip, in-fact I have made it quite a few times and it is great. Full of flavour and haven't used a packet since.

      Thought you'd like to know.

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      Jools Hogg 

      8 years ago from North-East UK

      Imogen, this is one of my favourites but when I make it, I have to put all of the onion on one side because my hubby hates it :o), it is yummy though; we usually have it with gammon. Voted up and shared.

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      8 years ago from australia

      Imogen French Hi. Potatoes are a veg that we love.Thank you for your recipe,It looks tasty and sounds easy to make,also thanks for the sauce link.Thumbs up and interesting. :):)

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      Imogen French 

      9 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks Tina, hope you enjoy it :)

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      Christina Lornemark 

      9 years ago from Sweden

      I love potatoes and this sounds very tasty! It looks like a great main course and I will definitely try this recipe! Voted up, useful and thanks for sharing,


    • Imogen French profile imageAUTHOR

      Imogen French 

      9 years ago from Southwest England

      yes, please do ruchira, I would love to hear if it went down well! thanks for reading and commenting

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      9 years ago from United States

      looks yummy imogenfrench.

      i might just report back to you after i make it and my family gulps it

      voted up as useful

    • Imogen French profile imageAUTHOR

      Imogen French 

      9 years ago from Southwest England

      hi gloshei - yes a packet mix is quicker, which is why I did the sauce recipe separately. I hope you'll enjoy the home made version - I think it's much nicer, and not that much more trouble to make.

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      9 years ago from France

      Lovely a favourite dish with the family, thanks for sharing the cheese sauce recipe for quickness I use a packet.!! but this sounds much better.

      Thanks for sharing. bookmarked for the sauce.

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      Imogen French 

      9 years ago from Southwest England

      thank you ladylyell, i hope you enjoy this version too

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      9 years ago from George, South Africa

      This is a favorite dish of mine but now that you have put forth your recipe I can improve on my method. I have never added herbs, an obvious ingredient and I only put a layer of cheese on top. I can't wait to prepare it again and have amended my recipe.

      I often make potato-bake as a side dish to a bar-b-que.

      Thanks for your sharing this tasty but simple dish!


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