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Hawaiian Pizza Quinoa Casserole

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 4

It's Hawaiian pizza in casserole form, complete with ham, pineapple and nutritious quinoa. ...MORE+ LESS-

Molly Yeh Molly Yeh
August 13, 2014

Ingredients

1/4
cup olive oil
1 1/2
cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 1/4
cups water
Kosher salt, to taste
1
medium onion, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
4
cloves garlic, finely chopped
Black pepper, to taste
Crushed red pepper, to taste
1
box (9 oz) frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
1
large tomato, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1
cup chopped pineapple
8
oz precooked ham, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4
cup ricotta cheese
1 1/2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)
3/4
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (3 oz)
1/2
cup whole milk

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F.
  • 2
    In 4-quart saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add quinoa, and cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted. Add water and a large pinch of salt. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat; cover, and reduce to a simmer. Cook 15 to 20 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed into the quinoa.
  • 3
    In 10-inch skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Cook onion in oil 5 to 7 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add garlic, black pepper and crushed red pepper; cook 1 minute longer. Add spinach, tomato, pineapple and ham; cook until heated through, stirring constantly. Salt to taste.
  • 4
    In small bowl or measuring cup, mix ricotta, 1 cup of the mozzarella, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan, and the milk.
  • 5
    Add the quinoa and cheese mixture to the skillet with the onion mixture, and fold together the ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired. Transfer to 13x9-inch (3-quart) casserole, and spread evenly.
  • 6
    Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil, and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil and, if desired, place under the broiler for a few minutes until cheese browns.
  • 7
    Serve immediately, or recover with foil and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.

Expert Tips

  • This can be prepped up to a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Save the baking step for directly before serving. Add more time in oven as needed, baking until heated through.
  • If Hawaiian pizza isn't your thing, feel free to get creative with other mix-ins by using your favorite pizza toppings!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
810
Calories from Fat
370
% Daily Value
Total Fat
42g
64%
Saturated Fat
15g
77%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
95mg
31%
Sodium
1550mg
64%
Potassium
1100mg
31%
Total Carbohydrate
61g
20%
Dietary Fiber
7g
30%
Sugars
13g
Protein
49g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
120%
120%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
80%
80%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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