Food Friday *cough* Monday: Spinach & Quark Lasagne

Posted by Lipglossiping On July - 9 - 2012

Until I started Weight Watchers, I thought Quark was just an old skool page layout program.  Or a particle.  Turns out it’s a cheese that’s approximately half as disgusting as cottage cheese, which makes it pretty edible when you’re looking for lower-fat cheese alternatives.

I’ve been craving pasta like crazy since I’ve been following the weight watchers plan and whilst I can totally still have pasta (perhaps not my favourite mega-bowl of pasta shells and pesto), it just feels like such a damn waste of points.  Have you ever weighed pasta?  It’s surprisingly heavy.  You need to play that pasta at its own sneaky game and get clever.

Instead of spirals, bows and shells – opt for lasagne sheets and cannelloni tubes – you can construct a hefty portion of your favourite pasta dish without feeling short-changed just by making this simple substitution.  On the menu last night was this, Spinach & Quark (just pretend it’s ricotta) Lasagne.

My husband hates fresh Spinach but he tolerates (and secretly enjoys) the frozen stuff.  I don’t understand why, but I figure that it means at least I don’t have to wash the leaves.  Pick your battles.

Serves 2:

5/6 “lumps” (technical term) Frozen Spinach
80g Lasagne Sheets (that’s approximately 4/5 sheets)
250g Quark
2 cloves of garlic
1tsp Smoked Paprika
80g low fat Mature cheese, grated (i’m still loving the Cathedral City one best)
1 tomato, sliced
Salt and Pepper to taste (quark is generally unsalted)

Finely slice the garlic and defrost the spinach in the microwave, retaining any excess water (if you’re stuffing cannelloni tubes with the mixture, drain the water).  Stir in the Quark, Smoked Paprika and garlic until well-combined.  Grab a shallow dish and spoon 1/3 of the spinach mixture on the bottom.  Layer the lasagne sheets ontop and repeat the process. I usually get two layers of pasta and three layers of spinach from the above quantities but your mileage will obviously vary depending on the size of your dish!

Top the final layer of spinach with the sliced tomato and sprinkle with the grated cheese.

Cook in a pre-heated (190 degrees celsius) oven for around 30 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown.

We had a red pepper looking a bit wrinkly in the fridge, so I halved it and sprinkled with balsamic vinegar before popping it in the oven alongside the lasange for around 25 minutes.  Serve with a side salad.

9 Weight Watchers Pro Points for a super-cheesy, easy-peasy lasagne.

Do you buy Quark?  What are your favourite recipes with it?


9 Responses to “Food Friday *cough* Monday: Spinach & Quark Lasagne”

  1. Oh fair play, restarted weight watchers a few weeks ago as I kept cheating on my regular diet! This looks yummy!

  2. Tass says:

    Looks delicious! I use Quark to make a lower fat cheesecake but more the jewish one which I prefer to the American style which I find too sweet xx

  3. Catriona says:

    I used to use Quark as a pasta sauce, never thought of using it in a lasagne! I dread to think how many points are in a normal lasagne…

    I tried your Warbutons wraps pizza idea and it’s fantastic! I may have been a bit heavier handed with the cheese though. *cough*

  4. Leanne says:

    Quark is great! I’m on Slimming World and I like to mix a couple of tablespoons of it with a tablespoon of artificial sweetener and a teaspoon of Bourneville cocoa powder (1/2 a syn on Slimming World). Spread it on Ryvita for a cheeky chocolate cheesecake imitation. Obviously never as wonderful as the real thing but a decent substitute.

  5. Lovely! I’ve been craving lasagna myself lately. Love that it’s 2 servings as well!

  6. Lucy says:

    Ooh I bet I’d quite like this – I’ve always wondered what Quark was like. And I quite like cottage cheese. Think I’m going to start WW after my hols…

  7. liloo says:

    never never heard of quark before. i kinda want it now! xx

  8. redtiger21 says:

    Looks yummy! Did you enjoy it?

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