Swiss: Älplermagrone

Alplermagrone is a simple yet delicious macaroni n cheese dish from Switzerland. Macaroni has always been one of the basic pasta dishes but this dish too can be termed a gourmet food if it is cooked in a manner, which turns this simple dish into something really great, in Switzerland it happens this way.

The name “magrone” means macaroni and the word “Alper” refers to people who live in mountain pastures with cows for long periods of time and they survive on the food they carry or they cook with milk based products.

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time            Total Time                   Yields

10 mins                 35 mins                   45 mins                   4 servings


Macaroni pasta – 450 grams

Cheese – 1¼ cup – any of these – Emmenthaler or Gruyère or mountain cheese (Bergkaese) or Sbrinz or Appenzeller (shredded)

Milk – 6 cups

Butter – 8 tablespoons

Salt per taste

Ground black pepper (fresh)

Onion – 2 (sliced)

Garlic cloves – 3 (chopped)


  • Heat milk in a saucepan and add salt and macaroni, bring to a boil and then simmer on low heat till pasta is cooked, keep stirring in between, the pasta should absorb enough milk and be moist, if needed add more milk.
  • Heat butter in a pan and add onions and garlic and sauté till onions become golden brown. Keep aside.
  • Now pre heat a large bowl and add the macaroni already cooked in milk and also add grated cheese and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well.
  • Now add sautéed onions and garlic and gently mix again.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and serve & enjoy as Mac-and-cheese.
  • If you like it then you can transfer this mac n cheese to a casserole and bake at 200°C (400°F) till the top becomes brown. Serve hot.

Note: This macaroni can be served with salads or topped with fried onions or with dried apple slices or simply applesauce too. Enjoy!

Happy Cooking!!

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