Comfort Food in a Bowl : Low Fat Macaroni Cheese

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Have you checked out the Slimming World recipes  on the GoodToKnow website? I love to have a bowl of comfort food in the autumn and winter and homemade Macaroni Cheese used to be one of my favourites. I haven’t eaten it for ages because of the high fat content.  

This recipe uses quark and not having used it before I couldn’t wait to see the difference. When I realised I wouldn’t have to make Bechamel sauce, giving this recipe a go was a no-brainer!

Did we find it tasty?  Or was there something missing?

Low fat marcaroni cheese

Serves: 4
Cook time: 20 minutes
Ready in: Less than 30 Minutes
Suitable for vegetarians
* Freezer friendly


500g dried macaroni

2 trimmed leeks, thinly sliced 

Chopped leeks to add to the low fat macaroni cheese - comfort in a bowl

200g quark 

50g reduced fat Cheddar cheese, grated 

A tub of quark and low fat cheese to grate for macaroni cheese

200ml boiling vegetable stock

1 tbsp onion granules 

2 garlic cloves, crushed 

1 tsp mustard powder 

Small handful of chopped fresh chives

chopping chives for macaroni cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

How easy is that prep!

The method

  • Cook the macaroni according to the packet instructions, adding the leeks for the last 3 minutes of the cooking time. Drain and return to the pan.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Put the quark, stock, onion granules, garlic, mustard powder, chives and three-quarters of the cheese in a small pan and whisk to mix together. Heat gently until the mixture is fairly smooth and season well. 
quark, stock, onion granules, garlic, mustard powder, chives and cheese in a small pan
  • Stir the sauce into the drained macaroni and leek and toss to mix well.
Stirring the sauce into the marcaroni
  • Spoon the macaroni mixture into four individual heatproof dishes arranged on a baking tray (or use a casserole dish). Sprinkle over the remaining cheese, season.
macaroni mixture ready to go under the grill
  • Grill for 4 minutes or until golden and bubbling. 
Low fat macaroni cheese
  • Serve hot with salad or vegetables of your choice.
low fat macaroni cheese with salad

The verdict

It was easy to make and the cost of ingredients is low.

Did it pass the Goodwin test taste?

Pete says it’s light and it was a nice balance of tastes with a little bit of kick from the mustard.

DS2 says it would be perfect without the garlic 🙂

My verdict:  I liked the texture.  The aftertaste does have a little kick which makes it interesting and I wasn’t bloated after eating. This would be perfect for when you have less time to prepare and cook and would be ideal for lunch or supper. Pure comfort food in a bowl.

Have you tried any Slimming World recipes?  

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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