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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 -


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


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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!

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