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Makaroni-Guratan Recipe – How to make Japanese Macaroni gratin

This is my favorite dish when I was a child, and it’s also very popular for all the Japanese children (of course for adults too) – Macaroni gratin.

It’s one of the typical Japanese Yoshoku, the food originally came from other country bu is developed in Japan, and I think each family have the different version of them.


I suddenly wanted to have this after a long time (maybe because it’s getting cooler in Tokyo?) , and it made me very nostalgic when we had dinner.

My recipe is only the example, so please use your favorite meat or vegetable for your own :)

Ingredients (4servings):

1 onion, sliced
3 big sausages, sliced
3 potatoes, steamed and sliced
2 carrot, sliced and steamed

150g of macaroni

Pizza cheese as much as you like

-White sauce
600cc of fresh milk, with room temparature
45g of butter
3 Tbs. of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt

  1. Preheat the oven as 210 ℃.

  2. Make the white sauce. Place the butter and flour in the pan, then heat it up.


When the butter melts, add the milk little by little.
Please don’t add too much milk, because you will get some chunks and the sauce doesn’t become smooth.




Add the salt and mix well, then stop the gas.

  1. Steam the potatoes and carrot. Peel off the skin and slice the potatoes.


  1. In the other pan, pan fry the onion and sausages well. When the onion is cooked, add the cooked macaroni (please follow the package how many minutes for cooking), carrot, and all the white sauce.




Adjust the taste with salt.

  1. Place the (4) in the plate then sprinkle the pizza cheese on top. Bake it in the oven with 210 ℃ for 17-20mins.


Today I used sausage with potato and carrot, but I also like the combination of salmon with mushroom, or chicken with pumpkins.

Enjoy! :)


7 thoughts on “Makaroni-Guratan Recipe – How to make Japanese Macaroni gratin

  1. All I’m missing are the sausages but I’m definitely going to try this out. It looks yummy!

    1. Thank you for your comment, it’s also nice to use chicken or seafood instead of sausage, please try!

  2. Looks delicious Mari-san! One small correction if I may: guratan is ‘gratin’ in English not ‘glutin’. It’s actually a French word. I also like to add panko before baking, for extra crunch!

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know about that! I really appreciate it :)
      And I’ll add some ponko next time!

  3. […] Terminons avec le Japon ; guratan explications et recettes en ci dessous.. en résumé = originaire de France, le gratin est devenu très populaire au Japon. On y trouve des macaroni, mais aussi du poulet et des légumes, dans une béchamel, avec de multiples déclinaisons.. comme saucisse carotte dans la recette en lien ! Explications : « Gratan is originally comes from French cuisine and is very popular food in Japan. Most common gratan is baked macaroni, chicken and vegetables in a white sauce with cheese, but there are many kinds and sometimes we make original Japanese styles like tofu gratin! » recette de Tokyo […]

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