I devised this low fat garlic and leek macaroni recipe after seeing a similar recipe on the slimming world website. Their version uses mustard and some other ingredients I didn’t want to use, so I came up with this. It is all part of a current effort to cut back on the calories. Of course this dish doesn’t taste much like my traditional macaroni cheese recipe, but it is still tasty and filling, and much healthier!
The version I have come up with uses quark as a base for the sauce and then I added flavours of garlic, mild chilli and cheese.
- 500g dried macaroni pasta
- 200g quark
- 1 large leek, sliced
- 190ml vegetable stock
- 1 -2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 50g cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/4 tsp onion salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp mild chilli powder
- Dried grated hard cheese
- Cook the macaroni according to packet instructions
- When the pasta is nearly ready, add the leeks to a pan of boiling water for around 5 minutes.
- While the leeks are cooking, add the quark, hot stock,garlic, cheese, onion salt, black pepper and mild chilli to a separate pan, and mix well.
- Strain the water from the pasta and leeks.
- Combine all the ingredients and divide into four portions.
- Sprinkle with grated hard cheese, if desired.
You could also substitute low fat cheddar, to further reduce the fat content.
I love the addition of leeks. Leeks are one of those vegetables which I really like, but I struggle to come up with new ways to use them.
If you are looking for low fat recipes you should absolutely check out the slimming world website. They have lots of ideas, which I find inspiring, and love to adapt to suit my tastes.
If you have any favourite low fat recipes I would love to hear them!