Swiss Alpine Skillet Mac and Cheese

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The Swiss make the best mac and cheese! They cook the pasta and potatoes in a skillet with cream, then mix it with caramelized onions, crispy bacon, and gooey cheese.

 

It is traditionally served with apple sauce. If you think apple sauce with cheesy macaroni is weird, think again! It’s the perfect sweet balance to the salty bacon.

 

Cheese pull on Swiss alpine skillet mac and cheese with text overlay

 

Of course, everything is better with bacon, but I know for a fact that this macaroni and cheese is just as yummy without it. Its taste is very similar to Grenadir, a side dish from Central Europe.

 

So, if you are not Team Bacon you can leave it out, but I will seriously have to reconsider our friendship. 😉

 

Two bowls of mac and cheese recipe from Switzerland with a serving of applesauce.

 

This Swiss noodle recipe is at the top of my simple but flavorful Noodles Without Borders recipe list.

 

Noodles Without Borders: noodle dishes from around the world that my friend Bobbi from Healthy World Cuisine and I started last August. We both agree that noodles are versatile and the ultimate comfort food, no matter the season.

 

So, every first Tuesday of the month we each share a recipe from somewhere in the world.

 

Close up overhead shot of Swiss mac and cheese in a white bowl.

 

I haven’t met a pasta dish I didn’t like, but this hearty skillet mac and cheese from the Alpine region of Switzerland takes the cake. You must try this seriously tasty Älplermagronen, also called herdsman’s macaroni.

 

WHAT CHEESE SHOULD I USE?

 

You want Swiss cheese (obviously) that will give you the ooey, gooey glory. Gruyere is the perfect melting cheese. Other options are Emmental and Raclette. 

 

TIP: For the ultimate cheese pull (stretchy cheese), never use already shredded cheese. Freshly grate a block of cheese, using the grater side with large holes!  

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PASTA TYPE FOR THIS RECIPE?

 

Any short pasta you have on hand will work, such as Penne, Rotini or Macaroni.

 

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Close up of pasta, cheese, bacon, onions, and potatoes served in a bowl.

 

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE SWISS SKILLET MAC AND CHEESE

 

NOTE: Detailed description below in the recipe box.

 

You will need a large cast iron skillet or Dutch oven with lid. I use my cast iron skillet all the time – as if you haven’t noticed.  😄

 

  1. First, dice the bacon, slice the onions, and mince the garlic.
  2. Then add it all in a skillet and cook to caramelize the onions and crispy the bacon. Transfer the mixture, including the bacon fat, to a plate and set aside.
  3. Next, add the vegetable stock, heavy cream, diced potatoes, and pasta to the same skillet. Cover and cook until pasta is al dente.
  4. Finally, stir in the grated cheese and the bacon-onion mixture. Serve with apple sauce.

 

Ingredients for skillet macaroni and cheese

How to make Swiss Alpine mac and cheese

 

Gotta love one pan (skillet) dinners. They make easy cooking and cleaning up!

 

Swiss Alpine mac and cheese with bacon and caramelized onions is insanely delicious.

 

OTHER MAC AND CHEESE RECIPES YOU MUST TRY

 

IRISH LOBSTER MAC AND CHEESE

MEDITERRANEAN FETA MAC AND CHEESE

BEST CAULI MAC AND CHEESE

 

 

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ESSENTIALS

for Swiss Alpine Skillet Mac and Cheese


 

Stretchy cheese with pasta, bacon and onions.

 


Horizontal photo of served Swiss skillet mac and cheese
Print Recipe

Swiss Skillet Mac and Cheese

This epic mac and cheese recipe, traditional to Swiss Alpine, is a comfort dish you absolutely must try. Plus, skillet dinners make easy cooking and cleaning up.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Swiss
Servings: 4
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 oz. (6 strips) bacon diced
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 small red potatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 8 oz. Penne pasta
  • 6 oz. grated Gruyere cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Applesauce for serving

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat a large cast iron skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add six strips of diced bacon, sliced onion, and minced garlic and cook, stirring, for 15 minutes or until the onions caramelize and the bacon is crispy. Transfer the mixture, including the bacon fat, to a plate and set aside.
  • To the skillet, add two cups of vegetable stock, a cup of heavy cream and three diced red potatoes. Increase the heat to medium-high, bring to a gentle boil, and add 8 oz. penne pasta. Cover the pan with a lid and cook until pasta is al dente (about 12 minutes).
  • When all the liquid soaks into the pasta, remove from the heat and stir in the 6 oz. grated Gruyere cheese and the bacon and onion mixture.
  • Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and serve with applesauce.

RECIPE NOTES:

WHAT CHEESE SHOULD I USE?
You want Swiss cheese (obviously) that will give you the ooey, gooey glory. Gruyere is the perfect melting cheese. Other options are Emmental and Raclette. 
TIP: For the ultimate cheese pull (stretchy cheese), never use already shredded cheese. Freshly grate a block of cheese, using the side with large holes!  
 
WHAT IS THE BEST PASTA TYPE FOR THIS RECIPE?
Any short pasta you have on hand will work, such as Penne, Rotini or Macaroni.
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NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
Swiss Skillet Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 839 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 26g130%
Cholesterol 147mg49%
Sodium 857mg36%
Potassium 1029mg29%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 1530IU31%
Vitamin C 16.3mg20%
Calcium 503mg50%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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24 Comment

  1. Reply
    Aleka
    June 4, 2019 at 7:57 am

    I have never heard of Swiss Mac and cheese (with apple sauce on the side) but this sounds amazing and so unique! Adding potatoes is also something I never heard of but I love the idea since bacon and potatoes are a match made in heaven! Thanks for the cheesy inspiration!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 4, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      I’m glad I could introduce you to a new mac and cheese recipe, Aleka! Warning: this dish is highly addictive. 😉 Thanks for visiting! xx

  2. Reply
    Kim | Give it Some Thyme
    June 4, 2019 at 10:23 am

    I totally agree that pasta is definitely a year round favorite. There’s no denying that gooey cheese and the addition of bacon puts it over the top! So delicious! Love the idea of applesauce along side too. A little sweet with savory is always a good thing!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 4, 2019 at 5:09 pm

      Glad we feel the same way, Kim! I wasn’t disappointed with apple sauce although I had my doubts, ha! Thanks for stopping in. xx

  3. Reply
    Healthy World Cuisine
    June 5, 2019 at 7:25 am

    That Cheese Pull! That sold us hook, line and sinker. A good mac and cheese with a raclette cheese, bacon and potatoes? This is a recipe that the boys are going to request over and over again. Thanks for making #noodleswithoutborders fun and delicious. Take Care

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 5, 2019 at 10:18 am

      But bacon, am I right? I know your boys would love it as much as we do. Can’t go wrong with a bowl of comforting carbs. Have a super day, Bobbi!

  4. Reply
    Ron
    June 5, 2019 at 10:01 am

    You’re talking major carb delight here. Pasta, potatoes, cheese and cream, I’m in….and then served with apple sauce. Brilliant! As a carboholic and mac cheese lover, you got me with this one. I can’t wait to give this a try.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 5, 2019 at 10:20 am

      We are all loving this mac and cheese, even the kids! The best part, it’s made in one skillet, so only one dirty dish, ha! Thank you for visiting, Ron! Wishing you a wonderful day!

  5. Reply
    Chelsey
    June 6, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    This skillet Mac and cheese looks amazing! Love all of the unique flavors, especially the Gruyere cheese!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 6, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you, Chelsey! They all blend together well and make such a flavorful dish. 🙂

  6. Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    June 9, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Jas, this looks so delicious! The melty cheese is making me drool!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 10, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you, Kelly! So happy you like it 😀

  7. Reply
    Mahy
    June 10, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    I have to admit, I’m probably the only person who doesn’t crave me n cheese ever—but this version of Mac n cheese I can see myself making every week!! That’s what Mac n cheese should be!!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 10, 2019 at 10:43 pm

      My sentiments exactly, Mahy! 😀 Thanks for stopping in! xx

  8. Reply
    Tammy
    June 11, 2019 at 12:25 am

    I love your take on mac n cheese here…you’ve definitely upped the ante with this variation! I’m craving a bowl now!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 11, 2019 at 10:02 am

      I’m always happy to make people hungry, ha! Thank you so much, Tammy!

  9. Reply
    jyothicurrytrail
    June 11, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Honestly I’ve never heard of Swiss alpine mac n cheese. But who can say no to mac n cheese, the ultimate comfort food. It sure looks delicious, very interesting twist on regular mac n cheese

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 11, 2019 at 10:00 am

      If it has bacon in it, I for sure can’t say no, lol. Thanks for stopping in! xx

  10. Reply
    Danielle
    June 11, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Cooking pasta and potatoes is a fabulous way to make a delicious dinner. But add some bacon and cheese, and you will level it up in no time!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 11, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks, Danielle! I totally agree. 😀

  11. Reply
    cheesecurdinparadise
    June 11, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    So much cheesy goodness! I love the combination of the cheese with the bacon for this dish. It looks so rich, but also weeknight friendly!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 11, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      Everything is better with bacon! 😀

  12. Reply
    acraftymix
    June 30, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Whhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyy do I do this to myself? I should know already that I can only come visit you when my tummy is full Jas. We love our Mac & Cheese but you take it to a whole new level, Please stop already 😉

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 30, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! You always make me feel special.

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