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Quinoa with Tomato Sauce and Cheese Recipe



Quinoa Tomato Sauce

© Image 2014 Jennifer Meier
Quinoa with tomato sauce is a quick and easy meal that feels like a healthier alternative to a big bowl of pasta and sauce. It often tastes even better the next day and is great warmed up for lunch.

This straightforward recipe is more interesting when it's served with sauteed vegetables and/or sauteed Italian sausage. And don't skimp on the cheese; lots of grated cheese on top adds tons of flavor.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups pasta sauce (or more to taste)
  • 1 cup grated hard cheese (or more to taste)
  • optional: sauteed vegetables and/or sauteed Italian sausage


First, rinse the quinoa if the packaging does not indicate that it's pre-rinsed. Rinsing quinoa removes naturally occurring plant chemicals that are harmless but can cause a bitter flavor in quinoa.

In a deep pot, bring the water and quinoa to a boil. Lower the heat so the water is at a simmer and cover the pot.

Simmer for ten minutes.

Add the pasta sauce. Stir well. Put the lid back on the pot and simmer for another five minutes.

Turn off the heat and let the quinoa rest for five minutes (with the lid on the pot). Add additional pasta sauce or salt if needed for flavor.

The grated cheese can be stirred into the pot of quinoa and tomato sauce right before serving or you can sprinkle it on top of each serving as a garnish.

To add even more flavor to the dish, consider topping the quinoa and tomato sauce with sauteed vegetables or Italian sausage.

Quick Facts About Quinoa

  • It is pronounced "KEEN-wah"
  • It is a dried seed that has been grown for thousands of years in South America
  • It has the highest protein content of all grains and is considered a " complete protein"
  • The flavor is mild and slightly nutty and the texture is soft and just a little bit chewy
  • It is gluten-free

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