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Macaroni Schotel literally means macaroni dish. It’s a baked-cheesy dish made of macaroni and cheese (obviously😆). It’s a savoury that is delicious to enjoy as an afternoon snack or as a starter.  

I can’t really say this Macaroni Schotel is an Indonesian dish. Because from the name, it’s clearly not Indonesian words. This dish is one of the Dutch-influenced foods that has now become common and popular in Indonesia.

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Dutch-influenced macaroni schotel

Just in case you wonder why Indonesia has Dutch influence in some of its gastronomy, the Dutch used to colonize Indonesia for more than three centuries. Therefore, there are some cultural influences that Indonesia gets. Although I personally think that the influence is not that big, and only people from the big cities who might’ve had it. 

Besides, when Indonesia became independent on the 17th August 1945, the people refused to keep anything that was associated with the Colonies and tried to hold their own traditional cultures. 

My grandmother used to say that it was only the people who used to work for the Dutch colonial government who kinda embraced the Dutch culture. Like they spoke Dutch, etc. The common people, especially the villagers, didn’t want to adopt the culture nor speak the language. 

Hence, if you asked my grandmother about this Macaroni Schotel she wouldn’t know. She only knew this dish from my mom who learned it from her friend. And my mom’s friend knew it since she was little because her family lived in the capital city and they used to work for the Dutch colonial government.

Anyway, enough for a bit of history, let’s just dive in the recipe.

Macaroni schotel recipe

Macaroni schotel recipe

This dish is basically the Dutch style of macaroni and cheese.

The difference is macaroni schotel uses more ingredients than macaroni and cheese. It is also baked until the dish becomes firmly set. 

The recipe that I learned from my mom uses corned beef and sausages, but since I moved to the UK I don’t really eat shop-bought corned beef. Because it’s not easy to find the halal ones. On top of that, I’m not too keen on having processed food too much. 

The recipe I’m sharing here uses shredded chicken meat. I sometimes make macaroni schotel with chicken minced meat as well. So you’re more than welcome to swap the chicken with corned beef or any other protein that you love.

And if you want it 100% vegetarian, you can skip the animal protein altogether. 

I’ve always made this macaroni schotel either as an appetizer or as an afternoon snack. But of course, you can have it as your meal, if you want to. 

Because of the creamy milk and cheese, the dish can feel quite rich. So, you may want to get your fresh salad ready to go with schotel.

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Macaroni Schotel

Indonesian macaroni schotel

Macaroni Schotel literally means macaroni dish. It's a baked-cheesy dish made of macaroni and cheese. It's a savoury that is delicious to enjoy as an afternoon snack or as a starter.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 150 grams/ 5.29 oz Macaroni pasta.
  • 200 grams/ 7.05 oz Boneless-chicken breast.
  • 500 ml/ 16.91 oz Milk.
  • 250 grams/ 8.45 oz Cheddar cheese, grated.
  • 1 medium Onion.
  • 2 cloves Garlic.
  • 6 Eggs, beaten lightly.
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg.
  • ½ tsp Ground white pepper (preferably), or ground black pepper.
  • ½ tsp Salt.
  • 1 tbsp butter, and more to grease the dish.


  1. Get a large oval dish ready. Grease it with butter. Set aside.
  2. Clean the chicken and cut in big chunks. Then put hot boiling water in a pot and add in the chicken. Boil the poultry until it’s thoroughly cooked. Drain it, and when it’s a bit cooled down, shred the meat into slivers. Set aside.
  3. Boil and cook the macaroni until al dente, drain and set aside.
  4. Preheat the oven at Gas 4/ 180℃/ 350℉.
  5. Peel and chop the onion.
  6. Peel and crush the garlic until it becomes a paste.
  7. Heat and melt the butter on a frying pan, and put your chopped onion in and fry until the onion becomes translucent and smells fragrant.
  8. Add in the garlic, and fry until the garlic is nicely fragrant. 
  9. In a mixing bowl, put the cooked macaroni in, add the shredded chicken, onion and garlic, beaten eggs, milk, cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  10. Mix and stir the macaroni mixture until all well blended and mixed.
  11. Pour the mixture into the dish. Spread it nicely and evenly.
  12. Bake the dish in the oven for about 45 minutes or until it’s fully cooked.
  13. Enjoy.


  • If you love chilli (like me 😃), you can have your macaroni schotel with chilli sauce. Although the dish is delicious on its own. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

Amount Per Serving Calories 203Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 134mgSodium 311mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 15g

The nutrition calculation you find here is just a guide provided by online nutrition calculator. You should not use to substitute advice from nutritionists or health practitioners.

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If you like macaroni and cheese, I hope you’ll be intrigued to try this Macaroni Schotel. Because it is equally delicious as Mac and cheese. And if you know somebody who may like the recipe, feel free to share the post and pin it. 

And before you go, don’t forget to check out my other recipe that you’ll like. 

Thank you for reading. All the best.

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  1. Avatar Michelle Weidema says:

    Making this and don’t see where to put the milk?

    1. Oh no. Thank you for pointing out my typo. So you put the milk together when mixing all ingredients with the macaroni, cheese, spices and everything else. Again, thank you for letting me know. I hope you like your Schotel. All the best.

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