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Unhealthy Quinoa Mac and Cheese Recipe

Unhealthy Quinoa Mac and Cheese

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"Take the health benefits of quinoa and override them with a ton of cheese. You won't regret it!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    55 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Process cubed bread in a food processor to make bread crumbs. Set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in a deep ovenproof skillet or Dutch oven. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add quinoa, chicken stock, and water to the skillet. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook until quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes.
  5. Heat 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add flour; cook and stir to form a paste, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in skim milk. Season with salt and ground black pepper; simmer on low until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in Cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, a little at a time, until combined. Stir cheese sauce into quinoa mixture in the skillet.
  6. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a separate skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir until crumbs are toasted, about 2 minutes. Place tomato slices on top of quinoa; top with bread crumbs. Quinoa mixture will be soupy but will firm up during baking.
  7. Bake in the oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • This would be really special with the addition of crabmeat or shrimp. Bacon would also be a delicious addition.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 10, 2013

If you like the nutty quinoa flavor, you'll enjoy this decadent preparation.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 04, 2013

I really wanted to love this, especially after reading all of the positive reviews. I love Quinoa, and I LOVE mac n cheese, so I thought this would be amazing. However, I really wasn't a fan of the unique Quinoa flavour combined with this dish. I made this twice--once following the recipe (except I used 2% milk instead of skim) and decided it needed a little bit more flavour, so the second time I added some paprika, garlic and onion powder to step 5. I also cut up the tomatoes and mixed them throughout the quinoa, and added some extra cheese, and crumbled bacon over the top. Whole family agreed it was much better with the additions! My husband and toddler both liked it, but as I wasn't a fan, I won't be making it again. Thanks anyway for the new idea!


12 Ratings

Apr 14, 2013

YUM! Kids loved it!

Apr 16, 2013

I followed the recipe except I did not put the bread crumbs or tomato on top. It really was delicious. Very cheesy and creamy. The only thing I will do different next time is make a half recipe. It made a lot. Quinoa is much more filling than macaroni so our family of 3 barely ate a 3rd of it and we all had 2nd helpings.

Mar 31, 2013

fantastic! I made it exactly as recipe stated. Next time I will chop up the tomatoes more. Would be great with crumbled bacon w/ the tomatoes too.

Apr 04, 2014

Delicious. I love quinoa!! I admit to 2 changes. First, no tomatoes (we have an allergy in the house). Second, used crushed goldfish crackers instead of breadcrumbs as I do with all my mac n cheese. Decadent. To put it over the top use flavor blasted goldfish.

Feb 21, 2014

Tasty, although I would not make it with mozzarella cheese again. The flavor is not strong enough and comes out a little bland. Suggestion would be a cheese with more bite like fresh Parmesan.

Jan 15, 2014

Made my first time with quinoa a good experience.


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  • Calories
  • 629 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 58.4 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 81 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 31.7 g
  • 49%
  • Fiber
  • 6 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 27.3 g
  • 55%
  • Sodium
  • 933 mg
  • 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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