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? We tested the low fat macaroni cheese.

I love to have a bowl of comfort food when life has a few prickles 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 low fat macaroni cheese 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 macaroni 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 

200g quark 

50g reduced fat Cheddar cheese, grated 

200ml boiling vegetable stock

1 tbsp onion granules 

2 garlic cloves, crushed 

1 tsp mustard powder 

Small handful of chopped fresh chives

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

How easy is that prep!

Chopped leeks to add to the low fat macaroni cheese - comfort in a bowl
A tub of quark and low fat cheese to grate for macaroni cheese
chopping chives for macaroni cheese

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. 
  • Stir the sauce into the drained macaroni and leek and toss to mix well.
  • Grill for 4 minutes or until golden and bubbling. 
  • Serve hot with salad or vegetables of your choice.
quark, stock, onion granules, garlic, mustard powder, chives and cheese in a small pan
Stirring the sauce into the marcaroni
macaroni mixture ready to go under the grill
Low fat macaroni cheese
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.

Alfie 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 low fat macaroni cheese would be perfect for when you have less time to prepare and cook. Ideal for lunch or supper.

Pure comfort food in a bowl.

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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