Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Recipe -
Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

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"The classic Cheddar cheese and broccoli combo served in quinoa."

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Original recipe makes 4 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  1. Combine broccoli, broth, and quinoa in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on the saucepan, and cook at a simmer until the broth has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Stir Cheddar cheese into the quinoa, replace the lid, and set aside until the cheese melts, 2 to 3 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 22, 2013

I made this tonight for the first time and really enjoyed it. I added about 1/2 cup of diced red onion, one large clove of garlic, finely minced and about 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram with the quinoa and vegetable broth. I added the chopped broccoli during the last 5-7 minutes of the cooking so it didn't overcook. I had some raw, cheddar curds that I grated and added at the end. Be sure to thoroughly rinse your quinoa before cooking to eliminate the bitterness. Looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 16, 2014

As written this was a little bland - but I thought it was an excellent base to add our favorite spices. I started by sautéing an onion and about a tbsp of minced garlic in olive oil. Then I added the quinoa, broccoli and broth as directed (I used frozen broccoli). I served it with red pepper flakes, which was great, but next time I'll probably throw some cayenne in when I add the broth.


105 Ratings

Jan 09, 2013

I have been trying quinoa recipes and this is the best so far. You do have to cook it a little longer and maybe add more liquid but this is very good.

Feb 08, 2013

A good recipe works well and taste good. Easy to prepare and cook. I needed to make no changes.

Apr 14, 2013

Delicious! So easy to make!

Oct 17, 2013

Wow, this was so simple and yet so good. My husband who is not the biggest quinoa fan I know said I could "make this as a side any time." Don't forget to rinse the quinoa first to remove the bitterness. I also had to cook the quinoa a bit longer, and took the advice of some other reviewers and added the broccoli after 10 minutes of cooking. Also just added a tiny pinch of salt because I used a vegetable bouillon cube with water as a substitute for prepared vegetable broth. Definitely will be making this one again and again!

Jul 19, 2014

I added onion and garlic powder with the quinoa. Like altbarber I added the broccoli later. Used chicken instead of vegetable because that's what I had and added guyere sp? Cheese along with the cheddar. Wow. Oh and I doubled the recipe. Everybody loved it!!

Jun 27, 2013

This is a great kid friendly quinoa recipe! We have made it several times and love it. One of my kids doesn't like broccoli but he loves this. It is a great quick meal with healthy ingredients. The only change I made was to use chicken broth instead of vegetable and I don't add any extra salt. I double the recipe for my family of 6 for the main dish.


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  • Calories
  • 299 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.9 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 30 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 12.3 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 4.6 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 14.8 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 491 mg
  • 20%

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

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