Thursday, 25 April 2013

Macaroni cheese (slimming world friendly)

This recipe was from this months Slimming World magazine but as usual I made a few tweaks to it which thought might make it a bit easier to make.

It was really tasty and although you dont get a gooey macaroni cheese you get a cheesy, tomatoey macaroni dish. The additions of spring onions, garlic and tomatoes give it a good flavour and I exchanged the fat free natural yogurt for fromage frais which I thought might give it a more cheesy flavour.

It was a big hit in my household and the recipe says serves four but I served it with some lean gammon, broccoli and peas and it was a very filling side dish and made a change from potatoes or rice and  I think could easily serve six generously as a side dish and a very generous portion for four served as a main course maybe with some salad.

Macaroni Cheese

500g dried macaroni
6 spring onions (sliced, I do this with scissors)
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
200g cherry tomatoes (halved)
400ml vegetable stock
4 tbsp tomato puree
250g fromage frais (fat free)
2 eggs (beaten)
120g red leicester cheese (grated)
low cal spray oil
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to gas 6 / 200c/ 400f , Cook the macaroni in lots of salted, boiling water until just cooked then drain and set aside.

Place a frying pan over a medium heat and spray with oil and gently fry spring onions , garlic and cherry tomatoes for five minutes until soft.

Place cooked macaroni with the tomatoes and spring onions in a large mixing bowl.

In a large jug mix together the stock, tomato puree, fromage frais and eggs and whisk till smooth , Pour over the macaroni mixture and add 100g of the cheese , mix very well and season well with salt and pepper.

Place in a large ovenproof dish and sprinkle with the rest of the red leicester cheese.

Bake for 25 minutes then leave to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Syn free on extra easy but add 6 syns if not counting cheese as a healthy extra.

Enjoy xx 











9 comments:

  1. This looks great! Will definitely have a bash at this at some point.

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  2. looks fab will try this week just made the hummus it was lovely. great for break time at work with free crabsticks and carrots. thanks

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  3. hi the family and I have just enjoyed the macaroni cheese . It serves 4 with 2 big portions left. quick and easy recipe. sure to become family favourite. Will cook sticky chicken with sesame seeds next. cant wait.
    thanks viki

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  4. Just tried this but with quark instead of fromage Frai. Worked brilliantly and will be making again!

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  5. Brilliant idea! I always have quark in so will try it thanks xx

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  6. Anybody know when you add the garlic x

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, I've edited the recipe Xx

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