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Unhealthy Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Unhealthy Quinoa Mac and Cheese

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Dezzie

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

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 629 kcal
  • 31%
  • Fat:
  • 31.7 g
  • 49%
  • Carbs:
  • 58.4g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 27.3 g
  • 55%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 81 mg
  • 27%
  • Sodium:
  • 997 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  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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Reviews

Dezzie
21
1/10/2013

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

joy
7
4/14/2013

YUM! Kids loved it!

INDIGOCEAN
6
4/16/2013

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.