Pesto Quinoa

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."


25 m servings 198 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 198 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.7g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 7.3 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 167 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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  1. 82 Ratings


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...

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.

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!

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 i...

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 ad...

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. N...

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 ...

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

Not what I expected. I added 3 tbsp. of pesto as others mentioned. I also added roasted red pepper, artichoke hearts, parsley, parmesan cheese and two pinches of sugar. The consistency was a ...