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Unhealthy Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Rated as 4.43 out of 5 Stars
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"Take the health benefits of quinoa and override them with a ton of cheese. You won't regret it!"
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Ingredients

1 h 25 m servings 629
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Process cubed bread in a food processor to make bread crumbs. Set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a deep ovenproof skillet or Dutch oven. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add quinoa, chicken stock, and water to the skillet. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook until quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes.
  5. Heat 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add flour; cook and stir to form a paste, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in skim milk. Season with salt and ground black pepper; simmer on low until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in Cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, a little at a time, until combined. Stir cheese sauce into quinoa mixture in the skillet.
  6. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a separate skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir until crumbs are toasted, about 2 minutes. Place tomato slices on top of quinoa; top with bread crumbs. Quinoa mixture will be soupy but will firm up during baking.
  7. Bake in the oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • This would be really special with the addition of crabmeat or shrimp. Bacon would also be a delicious addition.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 629 calories; 31.7 58.4 27.3 81 933 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

If you like the nutty quinoa flavor, you'll enjoy this decadent preparation.

Most helpful critical review

I really wanted to love this, especially after reading all of the positive reviews. I love Quinoa, and I LOVE mac n cheese, so I thought this would be amazing. However, I really wasn't a fan o...

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If you like the nutty quinoa flavor, you'll enjoy this decadent preparation.

I followed the recipe except I did not put the bread crumbs or tomato on top. It really was delicious. Very cheesy and creamy. The only thing I will do different next time is make a half reci...

YUM! Kids loved it!

I really wanted to love this, especially after reading all of the positive reviews. I love Quinoa, and I LOVE mac n cheese, so I thought this would be amazing. However, I really wasn't a fan o...

Before I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, oven baked smoked Gouda mac and cheese was one of my go to dishes. Pasta has too many carbs for me these days, and this recipe is a delicious, less c...

fantastic! I made it exactly as recipe stated. Next time I will chop up the tomatoes more. Would be great with crumbled bacon w/ the tomatoes too.

Delicious. I love quinoa!! I admit to 2 changes. First, no tomatoes (we have an allergy in the house). Second, used crushed goldfish crackers instead of breadcrumbs as I do with all my mac n che...

Tasty, although I would not make it with mozzarella cheese again. The flavor is not strong enough and comes out a little bland. Suggestion would be a cheese with more bite like fresh Parmesan.

Absolutely loved this recipe. Did not change a thing (except I did not add the tomatoes since I am not a fan)! Even brought leftovers into work and gave out 10 copies of the recipe. Before th...