Älplermagronen (Swiss Alpine Macaroni)

Course Main
Cuisine Swiss
Keyword Älpermagronen, macaroni, noodle, pasta, Swiss, Switzerland
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6 Servings


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions thinly sliced
  • 2 medium/large potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-1 inch cubes
  • 1 pound dried penne
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere or Emmentaler cheese
  • Applesauce for serving


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Lightly grease large casserole dish.
  • Bring large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • In a large frying pan, melt butter over medium low heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
  • Once water comes to a boil, add cubed potatoes. As they begin to soften, about 5 minutes, add penne pasta. Cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and pasta is just tender, about 7 minutes. Drain and gently rinse with cold water.
  • In a small bowl, season cream with salt and pepper.
  • Add 1/3 of penne and potatoes to the bottom of prepared dish. Evenly cover with 1/2 of grated cheese. Top with another 1/3 of penne and potatoes. Top with remaining cheese, then remaining penne and potatoes. Pour the cream over the layers. Evenly cover with caramelized onions.
  • Cover and bake in preheated oven until heated through and cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve hot over applesauce.