Exporting pdf - missing tex installation

When trying to export Markdown to pdf from JupyterLab, there is a failure due to missing tex (xtex) installation. However, the other export choices appear to render latex expressions fine. Is there any way the pdf export might be similarlly made without such a dependency? [Installing tex on a Mac is very difficult and time-consuming, and takes up over 2Gb. Also, there are many versions, etc. so this is not a minor hassle!]
[Might including a simple pdf converter of the (already functioning) html export work I wonder? Or a bundled minimal tex installation?]

Thanks for any suggestions