Syn Free Mac & Cheese - Macaroni and Cheese - Slimming World - Recipes - Recipe - Healthy - Healthy Extra A - Comfort Food

Mac & Cheese is one of life’s greatest comfort foods, but as such is usually full of about a billion calories and incredibly high in fat and naughty things. This version however, is the opposite! With all of the same beautiful flavour, delicious melted cheese and smooth, creamy consistency, but totally syn free on Slimming World using your Healthy Extra A, this Syn Free Mac & Cheese which serves two people is a must make recipe, especially now that the weather is colder! As you can see from the video, this couldn’t be a more simple and easy recipe! 

I first decided to make this, and worked out how to make it healthy, when I suddenly got a massive craving for Mac & Cheese…which to be honest I’ve never had a particular craving for before. I’ve always enjoyed Mac & Cheese though, and perhaps its something to do with the cold weather, dark evenings and my sudden need to for fluffy socks and onsies that made me fancy this particular dish. However, as anyone following any kind of lifestyle plan will know, if you’ve got a weight problem you can’t just snap your fingers and eat anything you fancy at any time. So it was time to come up with a way of making Mac & Cheese, Slimming World style! I had the idea to use cottage cheese, because it’s often used as a substitute on Slimming World in recipes such as quiche. I know it cooks well and works well with heat, melting without splitting, and it adds a great creamy element. After that it was just hoping that the mix of cottage cheese, normal cheese and egg would stand up under the heat! If you’re not a fan of cottage cheese, please don’t let it put you off. You can’t taste it, and if you’d prefer it totally smooth simply blend the cottage cheese before adding the egg and cheese. I’ve seen the new cooking quark that was recently released, but haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I think that would work too if you really don’t want to use cottage cheese!

Syn Free Mac & Cheese - Macaroni and Cheese - Slimming World - Recipes - Recipe - Healthy - Healthy Extra A - Comfort Food

I can now confirm that it 100% worked! I was rewarded with a mouthwatering melted pot of creamy cheesy pasta, grilled on the top for a just a hint of crunch, and oh so comforting! I split the portion between two, because it was so big, making it syn free (if you have the whole thing count 6 syns for the cheese!), and accompanied it with some chicken and salad for my speed food! I’m seriously thrilled with how it turned out and how easy it was to do. I know that next time I’m fancying some stodge for dinner I can whip this up in 20 minutes and be really happy! 

Syn Free Mac & Cheese - Macaroni and Cheese - Slimming World - Recipes - Recipe - Healthy - Healthy Extra A - Comfort Food  

Serves 2

Syn Free Mac & Cheese

Deliciously naughty tasting mac & cheese with no syns!

20Total Time

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  • 200g Macaroni Pasta
  • 1x Chicken Stock Cube
  • 70g Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 3tbsp Cottage Cheese
  • 2x Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)


  1. Preheat your grill to 200 degrees.
  2. Spoon the cottage cheese into a medium sized bowl, use a fork to squish it about a bit and break it up.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add the cheese, mix together. Season with salt & pepper.
  5. Cook the macaroni pasta as per packet instructions, adding the chicken stock to the water whilst boiling. Drain when cooked.
  6. Turn the heat off, you don't want any new heat being added to the mix. Tip the cheese mix into the pasta and stir straight away. Don't stop until the sauce has thickened, placing back on the residual heat as you stir for a few seconds at a time.
  7. Tip into a baking dish or tray and grill for five minutes or until the top is your desired level of crispy.
  8. Split between two and enjoy straight away, reheat or enjoy cold!


Syn free on Slimming World when split between two people using your Healthy Extra A.


Calories: 566 cal
Carbohydrates: 76 g
Fat: 16 g
Sodium: 406 g
Cholesterol: 132 g
Protein: 27 g
Fiber: 3 g


  • Louise

    31/07/2018 at 11:42 am

    I stumbled across this recipe this morning & decided to make it for my lunch as I adore macaroni cheese but I am dieting! I must admit that at times it didn't look particularly appetising & I feared another tasteless low fat lunch! How wrong was I, it was absolutely delicious & so easy to throw together. Will be eating this regularly on my Slimming World journey. So grateful that I found this recipe & looking forward to trying more.
    1. Cliona

      31/07/2018 at 1:03 pm

      That's amazing to hear Louise! I'm so pleased! Honestly, i know it can look a bit questionable before it is finished (the cottage cheese doesn't help with that!) but I'm so glad you like it! If you do make any more of my recipes feel free to head over and share them on Instagram or my Facebook page, I always love to hear them!
    2. Patricia

      06/09/2020 at 12:21 am

      Could you have this with a jacket potato 🥔? Thanks
      1. Cliona

        24/09/2020 at 1:22 pm

        I don't see why not!
  • janice bull

    05/11/2018 at 6:14 pm

    added ham and cooked leeks to this, saved some of the cheddar to sprinkle on the top - couldn't believe it was syn free - absolutely delicious!!!!!
    1. Cliona

      05/11/2018 at 6:15 pm

      That's amazing to hear Janice! I'm so pleased!
  • Christie Hope

    22/02/2019 at 11:01 am

    The nicest Asti set tastiest macaroni cheese I’ve made . Love it
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  • Valerie

    12/10/2020 at 11:35 am

    Just tried this for lunch - absolutely lovely - thank you so much for the recipe. I microwaved a couple of bacon medallions till crispy and cut them up to sprinkle over the top with a little of the grated cheese I saved and it was really tasty x
    1. Cliona

      12/10/2020 at 7:42 pm

      That sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for the excellent feedback. Please do leave a star review on the recipe if you have a moment, it really helps.

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