Unhealthy Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Unhealthy Quinoa Mac and Cheese Take the health benefits of quinoa and override them with a ton of cheese. You won’t regret it!

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 25 mins

    COOK : 55 mins

    TOTAL : 5 mins

    SERVING : 6

    YIELD : 6 servings

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Process cubed bread in a food processor to make bread crumbs. Set aside.

  • 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.

  • Add quinoa, chicken stock, and water to the skillet. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook until quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bake in the oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Per Serving: 629 calories; protein 27.3g; carbohydrates 58.4g; fat 31.7g; cholesterol 80.5mg; sodium 932.7mg.