Baked Quinoa “Mac” and Cheese

baked quinoa “mac” and cheese Side Dish
Baked Quinoa “Mac” and Cheese
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 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. MORE+ LESS-

Stephanie Wise
Updated March 15, 2012


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


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  • 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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