A low fat, slimming world friendly mac n cheese
A foolproof Laughing Cow mac n’ cheese recipe
Mac n cheese might just be the best comfort food out there. Alas, it’s not exactly SW friendly… not, at least when it’s loaded with cheese, milk, flour, cream and topped with more of the same. This version is much healthier so no guilt involved when you eat this bad boy! It even contains a whole broccoli… so you’re getting some of your speed food in as well.
As part of my ‘snack like you’ challenge with The Laughing Cow, I was challenged to think about when I need healthy snacks at the ready. No surprise that my worst time is late, late night when I get in after partying or being out. I’ve got into a new habit of having a batch of delicious homemade pasta ready to go, rather than having a kebab on the way home. What better pasta dish even is there than a mac n’cheese?
Want to give it a go? Here’s how to make this easy peasy, slimming world friendly dish.
Serves 2, uses 2 healthy extra A choices and is 1.5 syns per portion on top of that.
200g dried macaroni pasta (you can use another like fusilli or penne) if you don’t have macaroni to hand).
10 x Laughing Cow light triangles
Half a pint of vegetable stock
1 whole medium sized fresh broccoli, chopped into florets
4 rashers of bacon, fat removed and sliced thinly into little pieces (can remove these if vegetarian!)
1 tbsp breadcrumbs
Mixed herbs (optional)
1 tbsp parmesan
2 egg yolks (separated from the white).
Optional: black pepper and salt
Prepare your dried pasta as per the instructions on the packet. When ready, drain and set to one side, but draw aside about 1 ladle of liquid and pop into a mug for later.
Fry up your bacon pieces on a medium heat with plenty of frylight. Set to one side.
Boil up your broccoli florets, for about 3 minutes, drain and set to one side.
Prepare your cheese mix by mixing the laughing cow into a paste. You may need to microwave it slightly to soften it, around 20-30 seconds is usually enough. When it’s smooth, start very gently adding the hot vegetable stock, about 1 tbsp at a time. Continue to do this until you have a runny cheese liquid. It should be as smooth as possible and you may not need the entire half pint, stop when it’s the consistency of yoghurt. Add salt and black pepper to taste. At this point, add the two egg yolks and mix well into the mixture.
Take your pasta and add the bacon and broccoli. Pour over the cheese mixture and add some heat from the hob to ensure that egg gets hot. At this point, re-add the ladle pasta water and keep it moving to get it warm enough.
When it looks cheesy and hot, pour into an ovenproof container and top with a tbsp blitzed wholemeal breadcrumbs (I mixed mine with some mixed herbs) and a tbsp of parmesan cheese. Grill on a medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until crispy on top.
Pop into the fridge for later and you can warm it up in the oven or microwave. When you warm it up, you might want to add a little water or milk to help make it a bit more runny again. PERFECT late night hunger food. :)
Enjoy and if you try this recipe, please follow and tag me on Instagram @slimmingworldrecipes. I love seeing your creations!
Please note this is part of a paid promotion with The Laughing Cow, but it’s delicious nonetheless. #AD