Quinoa Caprese Casserole

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Quinoa Caprese Casserole
Quinoa Caprese Casserole
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 16th edition

Quinoa Caprese Casserole

If you’re looking for more ways to eat super-healthy quinoa you should try this delicious casserole from the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. Full of fresh summery flavors, it combines tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil to imitate the flavors of a classic Caprese salad.

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5
Servings
499
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 Cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 1½ Cup marinara sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • ⅔ Cup finely shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • ⅓ Cup whipping cream
  • ½ Teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1½ Cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • ¾ Cup shredded fresh basil
  • 6 Ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • Crusty Italian bread (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 2-quart square baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium saucepan combine the water, the quinoa, and salt. Bring to boiling and then reduce the heat. Simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Let the quinoa stand for 5 minutes and then uncover the dish and fluff the quinoa with a fork; set aside.

In a large saucepan, combine the marinara sauce and tomato paste. Stir over low heat until smooth. Stir in the Parmigiano-Reggiano, cream, crushed red pepper, and black pepper. Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. Add the cooked quinoa and mix gently. Using a rubber spatula, fold in ¾ cup of the tomatoes, the shredded mozzarella cheese, and ¼ cup of the basil. Spoon the quinoa mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading evenly. Top with the fresh mozzarella cheese.

Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until heated through. Top with the remaining ¾ cup tomatoes and the remaining ½ cup basil. If desired, serve with bread.

Quinoa Shopping Tip

Stock up on quinoa and have it available for the days you are tired of rice or pasta. It's a great substitute for rice, beans, cereal, bulgar, or couscous.

Quinoa Cooking Tip

The general rule is to add one part quinoa to two parts liquid in a saucepan. One cup of quinoa will take about 15 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
29g
45%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
14g
71%
Cholesterol
77mg
26%
Protein
25g
50%
Carbs
35g
12%
Vitamin A
248µg
28%
Vitamin B12
1µg
19%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
20.7%
Vitamin C
11mg
18%
Vitamin D
0.4µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
4mg
18%
Vitamin K
33µg
42%
Calcium
547mg
55%
Fiber
5g
19%
Folate (food)
90µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
90µg
23%
Iron
3mg
16%
Magnesium
113mg
28%
Monounsaturated
10g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
21%
Phosphorus
531mg
76%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
722mg
21%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
24%
Sodium
981mg
41%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
12.7%
Zinc
3mg
23%

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