© 2011 Kim

A Little Swiss Cookin’ – Alplermagronen

Today, I decided to try my hand at a traditional Swiss recipe for macaroni and cheese that is very popular during ski season here. If you are looking for a quick meal to prepare – this is not one, but it is fantastic once it is ready. I dedicate this blog post to my 82 year old dad, who a long time ago gave me the best cooking advice – “A recipe is just your guide!” I did follow this recipe to the letter because I had not made it before and wanted it to turn out properly.

Recipe: Alplermagronen

250g (9oz) potatoes

salt (for boiling potatoes)

250g (9oz)straight, hollow pasta (penne works great)

200g (7oz) grated cheese (white cheddar or LeGruyere are great choices)

2dl (3/4 cup) cream

3 tablespoons butter

2 large onions

Apple puree (apple sauce)


Peel and dice potatoes. Boil in salted water. Add pasta shortly before potatoes are done (reread directions on packet first). The potatoes should be soft. (That was tricky to time as I have no concept of time when it comes to how long things take to boil, but it turned out great). Drain and arrange in alternate layers with the cheese in a deep baking dish. Pour in the cream and place in the hot oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts (180C / 350F). Meanwhile, melt the butter. Slice the onions and saute until they turn light brown. (I actually did this while the potatoes and pasta were cooking). Spread over the noodles and potatoes.

Serve with apple puree (sauce) on the side.

Other popular traditional Swiss meals: Raclette, Fondu of Cheese or Chocolate, Spatzli (dumplings), Schnitzel (thin baked chicken or veal fillet), Rösti (hash browns with a fried egg & bacon on top), and Kalbsbratwurst (white brat).



  1. Bonnie Rossmann
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 3:08 am | #

    Very nicely written and the pictures are beautiful too.
    For my daughter who didn’t want to cook while growing up you have turned out to be a FANTASTIC COOK.
    I am very proud of you Kim and you can cook for me any time.
    I especially like it when you try new recipes and share them with me, cause sometimes I get stuck in a rut for some good recipes and not to make the same old thing over and over.

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