Creamy Quinoa Pasta
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
- Medium to Large Pot
- Medium Sauce Pan
- Wooden Spoon
- 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
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 (1 cup) servings.
- Start by boiling a large pot of water for your pasta. You should salt the water so it tastes like the ocean.
- While you wait for the past o boil, dice up your Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Spinach, and Garlic.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove pasta from heat, save 1 cup of pasta water, strain out the water, and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
- 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.
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:
Arugula or Kale
Get Creative Guys! Look forward to seeing your creations!