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 


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

  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

  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

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

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

  6. Anybody know when you add the garlic x

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

  7. Can you tell me why mines keeps splitting pls I've tried it 4 times now and every time it splits. Thanks