Finnish Macaroni Casserole (Makaronilaatikko)

Finnish Macaroni Casserole (Makaronilaatikko)
Staff Writer
Elsa Saatela

This hearty macaroni casserole is easy to make and very family-friendly. Prepare it the night before and reheat in the oven for a quick, weeknight meal.

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6
Servings
451
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups cooked macaroni
  • 3/4 Cups grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 Pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Directions

Heat oil in skillet and brown the ground beef with the chopped onion. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease or spray oil in an ovenproof casserole dish. Add the cooked macaroni and meat/onion mixture. Whisk together milk and eggs; add about half of the cheese. Pour the mixture over the macaroni and meat in the casserole. Top with the remaining cheese and bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and the casserole is heated throughout.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
21g
30%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
8g
33%
Cholesterol
113mg
38%
Carbohydrate, by difference
24g
18%
Protein
38g
83%
Vitamin A, RAE
103µg
15%
Vitamin B-12
4µg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
242mg
24%
Choline, total
14mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
57µg
14%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
56mg
18%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
583mg
83%
Selenium, Se
37µg
67%
Sodium, Na
422mg
28%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
185g
7%
Zinc, Zn
8mg
100%

Macaroni Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Macaroni Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.