Cheat's leek macaroni cheese

Cheat's leek macaroni cheese
  • Serves: 4
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Ready in: Less than 30 Minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: 1
  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • * Freezer friendly
  • Syns per serving:
      2

Our version of the ever-popular dish features tasty pasta mixed with cheese, mustard and quark – and there’s no need to make a fiddly white sauce!

ingredients

  • 500g dried macaroni
  • 2 trimmed leeks, thinly sliced
  • 200g quark
  • 200ml boiling vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp onion granules
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • Small handful of chopped fresh chives
  • 50g reduced fat Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

method

  1. 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.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium-high.
  3. 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.
  4. Spoon the macaroni mixture into four individual heatproof dishes
    arranged on a baking tray (or use a shallow casserole dish). Sprinkle
    over the remaining cheese, season and grill for 4 minutes or until
    golden and bubbling. Serve hot with salad or vegetables
    of your choice.

Tip: If you like a bit of extra spice, add 1 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes to the quark mixture.

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