Macaroni casserole

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Macaroni casserole
Macaroni casserole baked with cheese
Course Pasta
Main ingredients Macaroni, eggs, milk
Cookbook: Macaroni casserole  Media: Macaroni casserole

Macaroni casserole is a baked macaroni dish. It is especially known as a staple in northern European home cooking. It is a dish of cooked macaroni and a mixture of egg and milk with additional ingredients like meats, vegetables or fish. It is commonly made with cheese and/or breadcrumbs sprinkled on top.

The dish is reminiscent of frittata, with the main difference being that it is baked entirely in the oven. It is usually eaten with ketchup.[1]

Variants by country[edit]


Macaroni casserole in Finland

In Finland the dish is called makaronilaatikko (Finnish) or makaronilåda (Fenno-Swedish), and is one of the most popular traditional dishes.[2][3] According to a survey conducted in 2010 with 1,100 respondents, it is the second most popular everyday dish for dinner in Finland.[4] Nowadays the dish most commonly made with minced meat, but is traditionally not made with cheese. However, originally the Finnish macaroni casserole was not made with meat.[2] When prepared without meat it was often used as a replacement for potatoes in the meal and later on, it became a part of the dish that is known today. Macaroni casseroles are readily available in Finnish grocery stores as pre-packaged meals.


In Sweden the dish is called makaronipudding.[5] The Swedish version is usually made with ham, leek, and cheese.

See also: Frittata


In Malta a baked dish called imqarrun is made with macaroni, bolognese style meat sauce and egg. Other versions add chicken livers, hard boiled eggs, peas and bacon. The macaroni is usually topped with a layer of grated cheese or besciamella (béchamel) that will melt during the baking process and help to bind and set the pasta.


In Indonesia, the dish is sometimes known as macaroni schotel.[6] This dish was introduced by the Dutch during the occupation in Indonesia. Therefore, 'Schotel' or 'schaal' (meaning 'dish'[7]), borrowed from Dutch language, refers to the container used to make this food. The Indonesian version is usually made with cheese and meat (smoked beef is widely used, alternatively sausage or tuna. Sometimes they add potato).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Finnish macaroni and cheese". Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b Näin saat vaihtelua Suomen suosituimpaan ruokaan - makaronilaatikkoon. Elakeläisten uutiset 25.9.2009[dead link]
  3. ^ "Tässä on suomalaisten suosikkiruoka. Uusi Suomi 6 May 2010" (in Finnish). Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  4. ^ Pääkirjoitus (Heslingin Sanomat 28.2.2013). (2010-05-06). "Spagetti ja jauhelihakastike aikuisten suosituinta arkiruokaa" [Spaghetti and meat sauce popular everyday food for adults] (in Finnish). Ruokatieto Yhdistys ry (Food Information Association). Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. 
  5. ^ "Food and cuisine of Finland.". 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Indonesian Macaroni Schotel Recipes.". Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  7. ^ "English Translation for Schotel.". Retrieved 2013-03-03. 

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