Quinoa Italiano

Quinoa Italiano

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Spaghetti for dinner the other night left me with enough marinara sauce to use in this ridiculously easy recipe. From my well worn copy of 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles (with a couple of minor updates).


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10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 c
    quinoa, rinsed *well*
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2 c
    onion, finely minced or diced small (i used yellow and red onion)
  • 1 clove
    garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 c
    marinara sauce, or similar
  • 1 c
    salt-free or reduced sodium vegetable broth (replaces water)
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried greek oregano
  • ·
    salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
  • ·
    fresh basil ribbons, for garnish (fresh!)

How to Make Quinoa Italiano


  1. Use a fine mesh strainer and rinse the quinoa well. DO NOT skip this step!
  2. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic; cook until softened approximately 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add 3/4 cup marinara sauce and the broth; bring to a boil. Stir in the quinoa and oregano and return to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Remove saucepan from stove top. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup marinara sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside to stand 5 minutes.

    Fluff with a fork, garnish with basil ribbons and serve.

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About Quinoa Italiano

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian Vegan
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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