Our most often made everyday food is macaroni casserole. I think it’s probably the most often made food in any Finnish family. The boy loves it, it’s easy and fast to make and it’s cheap. The only problem I have with this dish is that it’s not very nutritious. I usually make a side salad with it.
The only thing that can go wrong with this dish is that you don’t add enough salt. Just remember to add salt and other spices and you have a perfect everyday food here.
Writing this post I looked for some help from food.com though the recipe itself is mine.
400 g ground beef
1 tbs oil (for frying)
400 g macaroni (uncooked)
7 dl milk
Spices (salt, pepper, herbs, nutmeg, curry, paprika, whatever you like)
- Cook the macaroni. (remember to add enough salt to the boiling water)
- Heat oil in skillet and brown the ground beef with the chopped onion. Add spices that you like. I usually go with salt, black pepper and some dried herbs.
Preheat oven to 200 c and grease an oven proof casserole dish.
Add the macaroni and meat/onion mixture.
Whisk together milk and eggs. Add spices that you like. I usually use salt, black pepper and curry. Pour this mixture over the macaroni and meat in the casserole. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until the casserole is heated throughout.
- You can add grated cheddar cheese in the casserole before baking it if you like.
- Sometimes I add grated carrot or chopped zucchini to the meat/onion mixture in skillet but that’s not the traditional way of doing this dish. It’s just my way of adding vegetables.
- If it lacks taste add more salt and spices next time.
- My grand mother adds small pieces of butter on top of this dish before putting it in the oven. That adds for taste but makes it less healthy.
- Serve with ketchup.
- Traditionally there is grated carrot as a side salad.