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Baked Quinoa “Mac” and Cheese

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  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 6

If you haven't tried quinoa yet, this recipe is the perfect place to start, because this gluten-free grain pairs well with any cheese, so try substituting shredded Gruyère or mozzarella for some or all of the cheddar.

Stephanie Wise Recipe by Stephanie Wise
March 15, 2012

Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive oil
1/2
cup finely chopped red or white onion
1/2
cup finely chopped tomato (1 medium)
1 1/2
cups uncooked quinoa
2
cloves garlic, chopped
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/4
teaspoon paprika
3
cups water
2
eggs
1
cup milk
1 1/2
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
Additional shredded Cheddar cheese
Sour cream, if desired
Chopped green onions, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and tomato; cover and cook 5 minutes or until onion is translucent and tender.
  • 3 Stir in quinoa and garlic. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until grains begin to become translucent and brown slightly (they will still be undercooked).
  • 4 Stir in salt, pepper and paprika. Add water; cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until most of liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.
  • 5 In medium bowl, beat eggs and milk with whisk until well blended. Stir into quinoa mixture. Add 1 1/2 cups cheese; stir to combine. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  • 6 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until edges begin to brown. To serve, spoon into individual serving bowls; top with additional cheese, sour cream and green onions.

Expert Tips

Not a tomato lover? Substitute an equal amount of green or red bell pepper for the diced tomatoes.

Go cheese-wild—substitute shredded Gruyère, mozzarella or your favorite cheese for some or all of the Cheddar.

Nutrition Information

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