Creamy Quinoa Pasta

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Quinoa

So have you ever had quinoa in a pasta? neither had I, but I had a lonely little quarter bag that wouldn't have fed an infant! So naturally, I found a way to incorporate it into a pasta.

Quinoa is actually a seed! It's filled with protein, fiber, and adds great texture to this pasta! If you want to learn more about this super seed you can check it out at Healthline.

Now I know it doesn't have a rep for being cheap, but...

Let’s do some math.

Quinoa is $8.99 for 2 pounds at Cost U Less. But, each cup quadruples in size! for this recipe I only use 1/3 cup of quinoa ($0.56) which translated to over a cup of cooked seeds which dispersed nicely throughout the dish!

So if you're interested in putting quinoa in your pasta, let me show you how!


Creamy Quinoa Pasta


Equipment

  • Medium to Large Pot
  • Medium Sauce Pan
  • Strainer
  • Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/3 Cup Red Sweet Peppers
  • 1/2 Cup Carrots
  • 1/2 Cup Onions
  • 1/2 Cup Packed Spinach Leaves
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 tspn Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Red Quinoa
  • 2/3 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Skim Mozzarella Cheese
  • 16 oz Spiral Noodles
  • 1 tspn Salt
  • 1 tspn Pepper

Directions

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 8 (1 cup) servings.

  1. Start by boiling a large pot of water for your pasta. You should salt the water so it tastes like the ocean.
  2. While you wait for the past o boil, dice up your Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Spinach, and Garlic.
  3. Follow instructions to create al dente pasta. You don't want it to cook all the way through because we'll be cooking it a bit more at the end. For me, this was 7 - 8 minutes.
  4. While your past cooks off, heat up a separate pan to medium heat, once hot add olive oil, chopped veggies, and salt. Sauté for 5-6 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  5. Add your quinoa to the pan with the veggies and cook off for about 2 minutes before adding the water. You can also add chicken stock, but I prefer the veggies to do their job.
  6. Remove pasta from heat, save 1 cup of pasta water, strain out the water, and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
  7. When all water in the quinoa has cooked off, and the seeds have exploded, mix together the quinoa, veggies, pasta, and mozzarella cheese to create a creamy deliciousness. If the pasta is not thick enough, add starchy water 1 Tablespoon at a time.
Garnish with fresh black pepper.

Tips

The original name of this recipe was Fridge Dump Pasta, Because I literally grabbed the bits of left over from the fridge and threw it in there! Alternative add ins:

  • Mushrooms

  • Arugula or Kale

  • Parmesan cheese

Get Creative Guys! Look forward to seeing your creations!