10 Easy Recipes to Use Up a Bunch of Potatoes

Have a bunch of potatoes that need using up? Sweet or Russet, big or small – we have plenty of ideas for turning this starchy staple into a meal that everyone will love.

I know you like potatoes and saving money. I know this because you walked into your local supermarket and couldn’t help yourself. You had to buy a 5-pound sack of potatoes because they were on sale for $1.99.

You looked at that sack of potatoes I thought to yourself, “I can buy 5 pounds of potatoes. I love French Fries! I’ll make tons of French Fries in that air fryer I got for Christmas.”

But you never made the French Fries and those potatoes look awfully close to sprouting. But no need to break out the gardening tools just yet!

I’ve complied 10 recipes to use up potatoes so you can keep your New Year’s Resolution to reduce food waste. If all else fails, quarter them and plant them in your garden so you can have lots of potatoes later on when you will be in a better position to make lots of French Fries.

how to make twice baked potatoes

Serve twice baked potatoes with meatloaf for a more robust meal or with a simple side salad for something lighter.

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Ham and Potato Soup

The smoky saltiness of ham was made for the neutral flavors of the russet potato. This soup serves six. It makes enough to feed a larger family or to have leftovers for lunch all week! Yay!

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Warm German Potato Salad served in a bowl on a cloth mat with a fork

This is one of my favorite recipes. I replace yellow mustard in the recipe with stone ground. It’s a crowd pleaser! I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve eaten this as a meal on its own, but if you want pair it with a Sloppy Joe, be my guest!

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Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie Recipe -- top down shot of shepards pie scoop taken out, golden and crispy edge mashed potatoes on top. Blue check table cloth, and a plate with some sheperd'e pie serve on top of it.

Shepherd’s Pie is comfort food at it’s best. This vegetable-heavy version is topped with creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes to make it a carb lover’s dream!

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Funeral Potatoes with Real Potatoes

This casserole is typically made with canned condensed soup and frozen hash browns but we kicked them up a notch by making them from scratch. They’re sometimes called cheesy potatoes, hash brown casserole, church potatoes, or party potatoes, among other names. Whatever you call them, they are always delicious!

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Paprika Chicken and Potatoes with Tomatoes horizontal in a baking dish

Few things in life are better than whole meal made in one pan. This dish is dairy and gluten-free and its ready start to finish in an hour!

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How to Make Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot

Stuffed potatoes are like a flavor explosion in your mouth! Everything for this recipe cooks in one pot – even the barbecue sauce!

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Chicken Freezer Meal with Chicken Tenders-close up of chicken, potatoes, olives and swiss chard

Skillet meals for the win! Use up those potatoes (recipe calls for b-sized potatoes, but you can just cut any potato down to side) toss in some olives, chicken and Swiss chard for the win! Don’t let the olive and potato combo scare you--they are a match made in heaven.

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a row of Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos topped with avocado, cotija cheese, and salsa verde

Potatoes and tacos might seem like an unusual combination, but they are a match made in culinary heaven. The best part? Dinner's ready in 30 minutes!

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the best potato latkes on a blue platter with sour cream

These crispy on the outside creamy on the inside potato cakes are made in a snap by shredding the potatoes the food processor.

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Summer Miller

Summer Miller is the Senior Editor for Simply Recipes based in Nebraska. Her work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Eating Well, Grit, SAVEUR, and Every Day with Rachael Ray, among others. Her first book is New Prairie Kitchen (Agate Publishing, 2015).

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  1. Marilyn

    Can’t wait to try some of these!