Pizza Quinoa Casserole

I have officially found my new favorite food. This meal right here is likely going to be my take-to-work lunch almost every week. It's that good! And it's healthy and light and everything that is good in the world. Let me go ahead and formally introduce you to:  Pizza Quinoa Casserole.

The gorgeous Katie shared this recipe on her blog a few months ago and I've been wanting to try it ever since! This is the first time I've actually ever made anything with quinoa, and I won't lie it was a little intimidating. I also forgot that it kindof acts like rice and gets MUCH larger once it's cooked… sooo yeah. Use a bigger pot when you cook your quinoa - tip of the day! ;)

Here's what you'll need:
1.5 cups dry quinoa
1 medium onion
1 green bell pepper
3 roma tomatoes
1 cup fresh spinach
3 cloves garlic
15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella *Optional
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
Salt 

Preheat your oven to 375. Did you know the point of preheating is so that your dish will be ready to go in when the oven's at the right temperature?? ;) I always forget to do this until I'm about 30 seconds away from needing it. PREheat it, people!

Cook your quinoa! Add 3 cups water and quinoa in a saucepan. A biggish one… quinoa expands! Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat before your quinoa spills out all over the oven. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed.

While that's simmering and you're paranoid about cooking it correctly, chop your onion, green pepper, tomatoes, and mince garlic. Use a pretty knife, if possible.


In a skillet over medium heat, saute onion and green pepper with a little bit of salt until softened. About 10 minutes. *The original recipe found here also uses mushrooms, if you want to add those to the skillet too!

Add garlic to the skillet, stir, and heat for just another minute or two.

When your quinoa is perfectly cooked and you feel like you conquered the world, place it in a large mixing bowl. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, spinach, mozzarella* (I didn't include any), sauteed vegetables (excess liquid removed), basil, and oregano. Stir that goodness up! 

Lightly spray a 9x13 inch dish, spread the goodness into the pan and gently press down. Top with a light sprinkle of cheese, if desired. I topped half with cheese for Jared, but left 'my' side without.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Drool over the amazing pizza smell coming from your oven. Inhale.
Please, do yourselves and your families and friends a favor. Save this recipe and make it as soon as possible. As often as possible! Do you ever cook with quinoa? I'd love to hear your favorite recipes that incorporate it. Although it feels a little pricey when you purchase it, one bag ($4.99 at my grocery) goes a long way.

And PS! Make sure to check our Vanessa's healthy breakfast smoothie recipes today. Who's hungry???

38 comments

  1. I've been anxiously awaiting this recipe ever since you put the spoiler that it wasn't a salad. Looks d-e-l-i-ci-o-u-s!! Hello, my dinner tonight.

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  2. this looks familiar! ;) glad you liked it!!

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  3. i love quinoa!!! I will be making this asap!

    ps have you tried Freekeh? It is similar to quinoa and tastes really good w. a tiny bit of soy sauce

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  4. We looooove quinoa - check out our favorite way to eat it :)
    http://thechiway.weebly.com/1/post/2013/11/one-of-my-faves.html
    I'll be trying this recipe next week for sure!!
    Thanks!

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  5. Yum yum yum!! I've made quinoa pizza bites before but they didn't have nearly all of the great fresh ingredients of this dish. Going on our weekly menu soon! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  6. That looks delicious! My favorite quinoa recipe is broccoli and cheese casserole, but instead of rice you use quinoa. Yum!

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  7. I'll be trying this! Sounds delish!

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  8. Ah I just purchased my first bag of quinoa! I have been pinning and searching for new yummy quinoa recipes this one sounds amaaaaazing! ♥

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  9. I have never made anything with quinoa, but I do want to try! This looks like the perfect meal to test it out :)
    Thanks Erin!

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  10. Sounds delicious! Will definitely be trying this one in our house:-)

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  11. I find quinoa to be confusing. I'm not sure why! Haha! I think of it like rice in my head, but everyone tells me its different. I just need to bite the bullet and try it already!

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  12. This looks deeeelish!!! I am always looking for healthy grain recipies and who doesn't love pizza everything?!! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I have been loving me some quinoa lately! This sounds incredible! I also love having something like this that is easy to reheat the next day. I AM stealing this and can't wait to try!

    20somethingbusinesswoman.com

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  14. yes please! Just the type of recipe I'm looking for, gracias!

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  15. I love quinoa! And I have everything needed for this recipe already! I'm going to try it tomorrow since John will be out of town. You should try my quinoa stuffed peppers. If you want I'll send over the recipe!

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  16. OMG! This sounds SO YUMMY! Can I make a confession? I've never had quinoa! This recipe might be making me change that!

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  17. I've never cooked with quinoa, but that looks so yummy!

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  18. You are my hero for making healthy "pizza"!!! I love quinoa (btw, I said that wrong for years until I heard someone actually pronounce it lol) so I might have to stick this in my rotation. It looks amazing!!

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  19. Looks amazing! Can't wait to try this when I'm done with Dr. Oz!!!

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  20. I've been wanting to try quinoa but I'm just unsure about it. lol I've noticed a pizza quinoa recipe on Pinterest as well. The more I see the more I want to try. I'll have to just break down and do it!

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  21. I make this in a mini muffin tin and LOVE it! I actually have it on the menu for tonight :)

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  22. Yum yum YUMMM!!!! I've still never tried quinoa! Gotta get on that.

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  23. This has been on my 'to make' list for a while now! It needs to be on our menu next week- I was thinking of adding some chicken to it too!

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  24. i love that "your side" is bigger. muahahaha!
    this sounds SCRUMPTIOUS! i want to make it so badly but i can't have quinoa.
    mmm i miss quinoa. i used to chop up some garlic and heat it in a small pan of oil or butter, just enough to get the oil/butter flavored from the garlic and then pour it all over the quinoa and mix it up. NOM!

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  25. ps- even though i can't eat it, i'm pinning it. just incase... ;)

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  26. Interesting...may have to try!

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  27. I hate pizza but it looks so fresh so maybe I would totes give it a try!

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  28. I discovered quinoa this last summer and fell in love. This looks awesome! Definitely going to have to try it. Look at you adding recipes to your blog! Wahoo.

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  29. I wish to make this TONIGHT. YUM.

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  30. I've been looking for a good quinoa recipe and this looks like the one! I will be making this very soon! Looks delicious!

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  31. This looks SO yummy and pretty easy too. My kinda meal :)

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  32. Oh my! This is not what I was expecting from your "salad" photo but YUMMY! I am pretty sure this is what I will be having for dinner tomorrow. Thanks for the amazing recipe. :)

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  33. OMG yum! This is totally something I would actually make because it seems easy, I love quinoa, and it makes a lot of servings which means leftovers. So totally worth the effort of using my kitchen. Pinning now!

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  34. I love quinoa and can't wait to try this out! I have a tasty recipe for a quinoa pilaf with kale and lemon...I make a big batch and bring it to the office for lunch throughout the week.

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  35. mine is in the oven as we speak! is it bad that whenever I go to my parent's house, I steal all their quinoa and chia seeds? JUNK IS EXPENSIVE. thanks for posting this, from the taste test i did before it went in the oven it is DELISH.

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