Quark has become quite a staple in my diet and helped me lose so much weight. So here are a variety of sweet and savoury quark recipes from Pasta dishes to desserts and cheesecakes.

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What is quark?

Quark is a soft cheese made with skimmed milk. It has a thick consistency similar to Greek yoghurt or sour cream.

Whilst it has been around since the 14th century especially in Germany and Eastern Europe it has become more popular over recent years with people following low-fat diets.

It is high in protein and very low in fat. It is very versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes from dips to main meals and even in desserts! Flavoured options are also now available but they are not all quite as low in calories.

Here I have compiled a selection of some recipes using this low-fat cream cheese which I am sure you will love, some are in blog posts with other recipes you will love too.

Quark pot
Pot of Quark

Savoury Quark recipes – Snacks or starters

Courgette Bakes – these are like mini quiches and delicious with vegetables or as a starter.

Courgette bakes
Courgette bakes

Mushroom Pate – quick and easy to make with lots of mushrooms.

Mushroom pate
Mushroom pate

Garlic Quark Dip – an alternative to garlic mayonnaise.

Garlic dip in an orange bowl
Garlic dip

“Sour Cream” – not quite sour cream but much healthier.

Mini pepper quichesquiches with a crust that almost feel as good as pastry quiches.

mini quiches
mini quiches with crust

Savoury Quark recipes – main meals

Garlic Mushroom and Spinach Pasta Bake – tasty and full of flavour with the spinach good for your iron levels.

Mushroom and spinach pasta in a frying pan
Mushroom and spinach pasta

Creamy Cheese and Ham fusilli pasta bake – popular with kids this is creamy and healthy too.

Cheese and ham pasta bake
Cheese and ham pasta bake

Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagne – a great veggie lasagne for all the family.

Mediterranean vegetable lasagne
Mediterranean vegetable lasagne served with salad

Spaghetti Primavera – an easy and tasty spaghetti dish with a difference from the usual spaghetti bolognese.

Spaghetti primavera
Spaghetti Primavera

Lentil and Vegetable Moussaka – if you like moussaka you will love this one.

Lentil moussaka
Lentil moussaka

Leek Macaroni Cheese – Mac and cheese for Slimming World, definitely not one to miss.

Sweet Quark recipes – including quark cheesecake

Blueberry and vanilla semifreddo – easy to make and stores well in the freezer for those days you need something sweet.

blueberry semifreddo
Blueberry semifreddo

Vanilla Baked Cheesecake – Tasty and naughty but still quite low in calories.

Vanilla cheesecake
Vanilla cheesecake

Strawberries and Cream (sweetened Quark) – simply sweeten quark and enjoy as you would strawberries and clotted cream.

strawberries and cream
Strawberries and cream

Carrot Cake – this is low syn but tastes as good as the shop ones! Honestly, I promise you will love this one so do give it a try.

Carrot cake cut into slices
Carrot Cake

Deconstructed Frozen Berry Cheesecake – Easy and low syn especially if using your healthy extra b choice for the cereal bar.

Deconstructed frozen berry cheesecake
Deconstructed cheesecake

Coffee and chocolate cheesecake – A low syn cheesecake with no base but still tasty.

Coffee and chocolate cheesecake served with fresh cherries
Coffee and chocolate cheesecake served with fresh cherries

Bailey’s Cheesecake – Amazing, nothing more needs to be said!

Tips using quark

Using it for a cheese sauce

If you want to use it to make a creamy topping for lasagne or moussaka mix 250g quark with 3tbsp fat-free fromage frais and a pinch of nutmeg.

This could also be used to make a cheese sauce for pasta but I prefer missing it with a small amount of stock to make a sauce. Which do you prefer?

Mediterranean vegetable lasagne
Mediterranean vegetable lasagne served with salad

Stop quark splitting when making quark recipes

Don’t heat quark on its own (it’s fine when mixed with other things usually like stock, fromage frais etc) or it will curdle/split! I recommend making a small amount of stock in a jug then carefully stirring in the quark to make a sauce.

Using it in a sandwich

It can be bland in sandwiches or similar but adding a few fresh herbs or tomatoes can help. Worth trying if you don’t want to use syns in Philadelphia!

Using it to make a spicy meal milder

If a curry or chilli is too spicy stirring in some quark can help! Remember to do this off the heat and when it has cooled slightly to prevent it splitting.

It is an easy solution when you get to the table and realise you got a bit carried away with the chilli powder!

How to make mashed potato creamy

To make mashed potato creamier without adding milk or butter add a spoonful of quark!

It doesn’t sound like it would work but it really does, especially if you also add an egg yolk!

Quark alternatives

It can be used instead of cottage cheese in many recipes. I sometimes blend cottage cheese if it is substituted in my shopping and I had planned for quark!

Alternatives to flavoured varieties

To avoid the syns or extra calories of flavoured versions when making quark recipes, use some flavourings or essences to flavour it!

Have a look around different supermarkets, some have salted caramel flavouring, for example, you could try coffee syrups as an alternative but be sure to buy a low calorie syn free version.

Is quark allowed on an SP day on Slimming World?

Quark can be eaten on a Slimming World SP day! It is a great alternative to yoghurt.

If you want to have overnight oats on a Slimming World SP day you could use quark instead of yoghurt with your porridge oats!

Etsy for weight loss

If you are like me and like buying fun new items to motivate your weight loss, then here are my favourites. Etsy is great for kitchen and weight loss goodies. I could spend hours browsing there.

There are so many great food diaries too so you can record your meal plans and track your weight loss to keep a record of the good and bad weeks. Click the photos to have a look for yourself.

weight loss sign
a bottle of milk
A weight loss sign
teaspoon saying calories don\'t count on this spoon
Weight loss magnet
A close up of a bouquet of skinny whip bars

More healthy recipes you may enjoy

Do you fancy looking at the other healthier dessert ideas I share? Check out my desserts article.

Need snacks?

If reading this has made you hungry and you just want to click and order some tasty snacks then remember that you can get past this by finding something else to do.

Plan snacks for the next few days that fall within your plan using my guides. Perfect if you have a chocolate craving or just fancy a nibble!

There are lots of ideas in my snacks ideas guide and if you are peckish.

Remember next week though to add some snacks to your meal plan so you can stay as on track as possible.

low calorie chocolate bars mars, snickers and twix
Low-calorie chocolate bars Mars, Snickers and Twix

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Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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  1. We was just on about quark last night on sales table in group lol. Ty hun I've shared this to my sw group page. Brilliant as always xxxx