Macaroni casserole

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Macaroni casserole
Macaroni casserole baked with cheese
Main ingredientsMacaroni, eggs, milk

Macaroni casserole is a baked macaroni casserole. 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 or breadcrumbs sprinkled on top.

The dish is reminiscent of a 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 (Swedish), lit.'macaroni box', 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 is 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 or makaronilåda.[5] The Swedish version is usually made with ham, leek, and cheese.


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. This is not to be confused with timpana, which has an outer pastry casing.


Baked makaroni schotel

In Indonesia, the dish is sometimes known as makaroni schotel[6] or makaroni schaal.[7] 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 Archived October 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  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". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
  7. ^ a b "English Translation for Schotel". Retrieved 2013-03-03.

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