I am trying to lose weight and start a healthier lifestyle, but honestly don't like health food; I like comfort foods. So, the goal here was to develop a comfort food using quinoa and a few simple ingredients for a quick dinner that has more nutrients than the average mac-n-cheese. I'm happy with my results on this one. It may not be the creme de la creme of yummy health foods, but it is easy. And when I say easy, I mean it. As a career woman with a hungry husband, I need to keep things as basic and quick as possible, while catering to a picky husband-kid. Cut with spatula and serve in squares. Enjoy!


Recipe Summary

25 mins
30 mins
5 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add past and olive oil and cook at a boil, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 6 to 9 minutes; drain.

  • Return pasta to the pot; add chili and tomato sauce and stir. Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish; top with layers of mozzarella cheese and Cheddar cheese, respectively.

  • Cook in preheated oven until cheese is completely melted, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can vary which type of tomato sauce and chili you use to get a more spicy flavor, or to create a vegetarian version.

Terrific served with cornbread!

Nutrition Facts

555 calories; protein 26.6g; carbohydrates 58.7g; fat 24.2g; cholesterol 65.6mg; sodium 1140.3mg. Full Nutrition