Cheesy Pasta

  • 10MINS
  • 15MINS
  • 331KCAL

You won't believe that you can enjoy this Easy Cheesy Pasta when counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories331
  • Carbs59g
  • Protein6g
  • Fat2g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars3g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Lasagne, cheesy pasta bakes, macaroni cheese… cheese and pasta really are a match made in heaven, but unfortunately it’s not exactly a slimming friendly combination!

We’ve used a light cheese spread in our Cheesy Pasta, so that you can enjoy all that delicious, cheesy gooeyness and none of the guilt.

Our Cheesy Pasta also uses fresh tomatoes with basil, but you can use a tin of tomatoes instead if you prefer! Feel free to add a bit more salt, or even some balsamic vinegar to enhance the tomatoes further.

What diets is this Cheesy Pasta suitable for?

This Cheesy Pasta recipe is suitable for people following a vegetarian diet.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Pasta

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Cheesy Pasta recipe?

  • You need to count 13 Points per portion of this Cheesy Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 13 Points per portion of this Cheesy Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 13 Points per portion of this Cheesy Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Cheesy Pasta?

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How many calories are in this Cheesy Pasta?

There are 331 calories per portion in this Cheesy Pasta, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Cheesy Pasta is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and it fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat oven to 200°C. Make the pasta up as per instructions on the pack, then drain and place in a bowl.

Step 2

Mist a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the onion until brown.

Step 3

Add the onion to the cooked pasta along with the Primula and stir well.

Step 4

Transfer to an oven proof dish, sprinkle the cheese on top and bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Step 5

Cook the tomatoes, basil and salt until the tomatoes start to ooze.

Step 6

Plate up the pasta and serve the tomatoes on the side!

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How do you know when this Cheesy Pasta is cooked?

The pasta should be cooked as per the package instructions.

You should cook this Cheesy Pasta until the cheese is golden and bubbling. This should take around 15-20 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Cheesy Pasta in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Cheesy Pasta in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Cheesy Pasta?

We would not recommend freezing this recipe – fresh is best for this one!

How do I reheat Cheesy Pasta?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Cheesy Pasta

You won’t believe that you can enjoy this Easy Cheesy Pasta when counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 331
  • Carbs 59G
WW Points
  • 13 Green
  • 13 Blue
  • 13 Purple

Ingredients

  • 300 grams Dried Pasta
  • 75 g Primula Light Spread
  • 2 Brown Onions chopped finely
  • 20 g Lighter Cheddar Cheese
  • Basil chopped - for garnish
  • Cherry Tomatoes chopped - for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp Coarse sea salt
  • Low Calorie Cooking Spray

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Make the pasta up as per instructions on the pack, then drain and place in a bowl
  2. Mist a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the onion until brown
  3. Add the onion to the cooked pasta along with the Primula and stir well
  4. Transfer to an oven proof dish, sprinkle the cheese on top and bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown
  5. Cook the tomatoes, basil and salt until the tomatoes start to ooze
  6. Plate up the pasta and serve the tomatoes on the side!

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Christine LancasterTuesday 17th September 2019

Im assuming the tomatoes are to be done in a sauceapan? Im making this tonight, but adding bacon medallions to mine as i have 2 hungry boys to feed as well lol

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    Emma TThursday 19th September 2019

    Hi Christing,

    Sounds delish! Yes, the tomatoes can be cooked in a saucepan or frying pan ????

    Reply

OliviaThursday 2nd May 2019

Not sure what I did wrong but mine was really dry. Any advice?

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    Emma TMonday 3rd June 2019

    Hi Olivia,

    You could add some of the water used to cook the pasta to give it a bit of extra sauce – sometimes pasta absorbs loads of moisture and can make sauces dry out a bit!

    Reply

AnitaMonday 21st January 2019

Sorry to ask but could quark be used instead of primula?

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