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Pesto Quinoa Recipe
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Pesto Quinoa

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"I got this recipe from a friend who was living in Ecuador. Quinoa was a staple of her diet there; it is a great source of protein."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring the quinoa and chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the moisture is completely absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir the pesto through the quinoa. Fold the tomato into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 11, 2010

I hadn't thought of serving quinoa with pesto before so this recipe was a great idea starter for me. As well as the pesto, I added lots more tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, chopped olives, chopped spinach, pine nuts and ate the whole thing with a little grated Parmesan on top. Delicious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 18, 2010

Decent enough. Honestly, you could put pesto on a car battery, serve it with a side of brussels sprouts and you'd hear no complaints from me. Pesto is the man. Pesto is God's favorite food. I added three chopped hard-boiled eggs to this because it was breakfast, next time I might leave the yolks a little runny.

May 04, 2010

This was deeeeeeelicious. I love pesto, so this was perfect for me. I felt like it needed something else, though... so I added a can of chickpeas and it was great.

May 05, 2010

Quick and easy for a main dish or a side dish. I added sliced carrots at the end with the tomatoes for more color and some crunch. My husband had seconds!

Jan 04, 2011

I make this as a side dish with grilled chicken and add feta cheese - it's delicious! I also make a cold salad by adding cucumber, red peppers, green onions, and feta. It's a wonderful lunch in the summer!

Nov 12, 2010

This was so simple and tasty! I did add 3T of pesto, used veggie broth and a bunch of little grape tomatoes. Then I decided to add more - some baby spinach, black olives and garbanzo beans. Nice addition to my "quinoa recipes". Thanks.

Jun 25, 2010

Very good. My husband does not like quinoa but I thought I'd give it another go and he really enjoyed. My 16 month also ate it up. FYI, you can do quinoa in your rice cooker and it comes out perfectly.

Sep 21, 2010

More pesto is needed, I doubled the pesto the second time and it was much better.


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  • Calories
  • 198 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 4.2 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 7.3 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 167 mg
  • 7%

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

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