Thursday, 21 June 2012

Macaroni Cheese with Ham & Sweetcorn Philly Recipe

You may have seen the new holographic Philly lids on packs that remind me of cartoon cards I collected as a kid. The normal girl became Super Girl etc. Well the Philadelphia tub when tilted shows a recipe.

Mine is adapted to make a Slimming World Macaroni Cheese

I had already made this meal a few times,regular readers know I like sharing my best Slimming World Recipes and have tweaked mine to a) make more and b) make it Slimming World friendly.

Philly is a great friend of Slimming world members, perhaps Philadelphia know this. The Philadelphia Light is a recommended portion of calcium in a daily Healthy Extra A, the allowed portion is enough to use in some of the great recipes they have online.

I add a bit more pasta and veggies, courgettes and mushrooms are usually in the fridge. Peppers go really well too, bacon makes a nice alternative.

I forgot to add the sweetcorn.......oops. I am post holiday and wading through a list of things to do, I got as far as buying the sweetcorn, then it slipped my mind. This is what comes of making a recipe a few times, getting confident and thinking I don't have to read it again!

 I added the extras to turn the meal into six portions and keep within my 'Healthy Extra' allowance. Serving four its one
Although I am now maintaining a nice size 8 I still like my main meals to be healthy and non fattening so always add a third more veg and pasta.

The weight amounts below are for 4 people and the cost is less than Philadelphia state if you shop seasonally visit stores that have pasta and ham at cheaper prices.

I am a massive fan of Macaroni Cheese the rich heavy sauce and soft pasta, it is one of my all time comfort foods. However for a lighter alternative that is actually easier on the digestion and way easier than a bechamel sauce, I recommend the Philly version too.

Macaroni Cheese with Ham and Sweetcorn

Serves : 4

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time:: 15 minutes

300 g macaroni

150 g Philadelphia Light (2 HExA)

185ml semi skimmed milk ( 100ml is 1 1/2 syns, I count this as 3 syns, then round it up if serving 4 as 1 syn, erring on higher)

84g reduced fat mature cheddar cheese or mix of mature cheese and parmesan (2 HExA)

1 courgette diced

200g smoked bacon fat removed cut into squares

100g mushrooms sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 190 C, Gas 5. Cook the macaroni according to instructions on pack. Whilst it is cooking mix the Philly with the milk and half of the cheddar.
2. Drain the pasta and return to the pan, mix with the Philly mixture, sweetcorn, ham and courgettes.
3. Turn into a greased ovenproof dish and top with the remaining cheese.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes until light golden brown.

Thanks to for the inspiration.


  1. Great recipes. Will have to try them.

  2. Looks yummy! (I use the same spray oil as you hehe!)

  3. Its really good and far less fattening.
    I use the butter Fry light too and its good for sauteing mushrooms and scrambled eggs.

  4. That looks gorgeous!!! As the Summer has been such a washout I have found myself cooking more warming and bigger family meals (usually it is salads during Summer!) This seems a lot healthier though - thank you for sharing!

  5. Thank you for this light recipe. I love macaroni cheese. This seems really quick too.

  6. Our family love Macaroni cheese but normally include bacon. This sounds like a very tasty alternative, I'm off to try it!

  7. ohhh that looks so yummy and the price is great!

  8. This sounds delicious and nice and simple to make, definitely something I will try

  9. Have to admit to this being one of my favourite meals, not too good for the waitline, but fabulous for eating!
    Never made it with philly though, so that could be one way of lessening the calories.
    I just seems to be hot meals this year, I so miss my lovely salads, but I need warming up with all this soggy rain. Can't believe June has been so wet! Even had a flood warning & I don't live near the river!

  10. This looks amazing !! I keep meaning to try these Phili recipes but never get around to it - well I am definitely trying this one now !! x

  11. looks good - think this would go down well with my kids

  12. Hi there. This week's Food on Friday is all about ham. So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.