Take the health benefits of quinoa and override them with a ton of cheese. You won't regret it!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
55 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Process cubed bread in a food processor to make bread crumbs. Set aside.

  • 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.

  • Add quinoa, chicken stock, and water to the skillet. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook until quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bake in the oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

This would be really special with the addition of crabmeat or shrimp. Bacon would also be a delicious addition.

Nutrition Facts

629 calories; protein 27.3g 55% DV; carbohydrates 58.4g 19% DV; fat 31.7g 49% DV; cholesterol 80.5mg 27% DV; sodium 932.7mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2013
If you like the nutty quinoa flavor you'll enjoy this decadent preparation. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/04/2013
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 of the unique Quinoa flavour combined with this dish. I made this twice--once following the recipe (except I used 2% milk instead of skim) and decided it needed a little bit more flavour, so the second time I added some paprika, garlic and onion powder to step 5. I also cut up the tomatoes and mixed them throughout the quinoa, and added some extra cheese, and crumbled bacon over the top. Whole family agreed it was much better with the additions! My husband and toddler both liked it, but as I wasn't a fan, I won't be making it again. Thanks anyway for the new idea! Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2013
If you like the nutty quinoa flavor you'll enjoy this decadent preparation. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2013
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 recipe. It made a lot. Quinoa is much more filling than macaroni so our family of 3 barely ate a 3rd of it and we all had 2nd helpings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2013
YUM! Kids loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2016
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 carb alternative. I used almond milk because it has fewer carbs than milk, and, after reading the other reviews, I opted to add 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika, and it tasted just right. I might add more tomato and less cheese the next go around, just to see. Also, like most mac and cheese recipes, this one would probably be good with some chopped broccoli. Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
07/04/2013
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 of the unique Quinoa flavour combined with this dish. I made this twice--once following the recipe (except I used 2% milk instead of skim) and decided it needed a little bit more flavour, so the second time I added some paprika, garlic and onion powder to step 5. I also cut up the tomatoes and mixed them throughout the quinoa, and added some extra cheese, and crumbled bacon over the top. Whole family agreed it was much better with the additions! My husband and toddler both liked it, but as I wasn't a fan, I won't be making it again. Thanks anyway for the new idea! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2014
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2013
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2014
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 cheese. Decadent. To put it over the top use flavor blasted goldfish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2013
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 this, no one knew what quinoa was and now they are all running to buy it! Read More
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