Cheesy Quinoa Casserole is made with only 5 main ingredients and takes 15 minutes to cook. It will leave you so satisfied with the combination of delicious healthy quinoa, warm melted cheese and roasted tomatoes!

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Ever since discovering quinoa it’s been a staple in my fridge. Always ready to be eaten plain (which is still delicious) or in a dish. For the past two weeks I have been craving cheese and tomatoes, and so my friends, this Cheesy Quinoa Casserole was born.

Cheesy Quinoa Casserole

It would be a gross understatement to say this was good, because it was delicious. I’m talking “Babe, that was SO GOOD!” by Mr. Jessiker Bakes and my wanting seconds, which actually never happens. I think it was the simplicity of the ingredients. Nothing fancy or complicated, allowing all their different flavours to shine through together.

This casserole is as easy as making a creamy cheese base, then adding everything else in. Bake for 15 minutes, broil for 1. This results in a delicious, creamy, cheesy quinoa casserole topped with soft flavourful roasted tomatoes and cheesy goodness. It’s not even that much cheese so don’t be inclined to feel any type of bad. The tomato sauce was homemade (sharing next week!) which as we all know about homemade condiments, meant it was packed with pure flavour.

If you’re wondering what quick meal to whip up one night, this is the one! It’s so satisfying, and you’ll be feeling healthy with this nutritious, delicious and easy to make meal. Happy Monday!

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Cheesy Quinoa Casserole – 5 Ingredients

Cheesy Quinoa Casserole - 5 Ingredients

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Serves: 6
Category: Dinner
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup tomato/pasta sauce
  • 1/3 cup milk (1% or full fat works fine)
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • Shredded basil or parsley or other herb for the top
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 baking dish, set aside.
  • In a pan over medium high heat, heat the milk and 1/4 cup cheese, stirring until melted, about 1-2 minutes. Add the quinoa, tomato/pasta sauce, Italian seasoning and half the diced tomatoes. Stir together until combined and creamy.
  • Add the quinoa mix to the baking dish and spread until even on the top. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese and tomatoes on top and bake for 15 minutes. Broil for 1 minute afterwards until cheese is bubbly.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Top with shredded basil or parsley or other chopped herb. Enjoy!
Tags: cheese, Egg Free, Nut Free, quinoa, Vegetarian cheese, Egg Free, Nut Free, quinoa, Vegetarian
by Jessica

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  1. Quinoa is a true favorite of mine as well, and so is cheese of course! This must taste heavenly ahhhhhh your pictures are making me super hungry, and I’ve just had lunch ;–) What a delicious and simple dish – I love it!
    Have a nice week Jess! xx

  2. Mmmmm … I would say this is genius, Jessica! Like you said, so few ingredients and yet definitely not lacking flavour. This one is getting pinned for future reference (near future reference!)

  3. Pam says:

    It looks simple and delicious! I am loving this recipe.

  4. I am in love with this recipe, Jess! I use quinoa in everything and this dish looks amazing! Love that it’s just a few ingredients and easy to whip up. Pinned!

  5. Oh yum!! This looks fantastic! I love how easy this is, I always have these ingredients on hand!

  6. I’ve been wanting to try a good quinoa casserole! This looks so cheesy and yummy!

  7. Quinoa and cheese?? I am in love!! I had a quinoa salad yesterday and loved it but was looking for a new way to eat quinoa and now you answered me. Love all the good things in this casserole.

  8. I bet this casserole is beyond satisfying and I love that it’s vegetarian as well :)). It looks so good, Jessica. Can I come over for dinner at your house??

  9. This sounds great Jessica! I have been wanting to try it as a casserole!!

  10. Last month I swore of quinoa. I’ve tried it about three times and couldn’t get it quite right. Now that I’ve seen this recipe, it’s worth trying again.

  11. marcie says:

    I love quinoa, but I’ve only eaten it in salads, cakes, or breakfast. I really need to make a cheesy bake like this — it looks so simple and so delicious! Cheese makes everything better in my opinion. 🙂

  12. I love how simple you made this casserole seem with just a few ingredients! I am totally adding this to the dinner menu!

  13. Ashley says:

    I like the way you think lady! I’m posting a quinoa casserole on wednesday! Loving all that cheese. Cheese just makes everything better in my opinion : ) This looks awesome!

  14. I was just telling my husband about the 5 ingredient trend. I love this cheesy quinoa. Cheesy quinoa casseroles are also a trend! You are so on top of your trends girl!!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Sophia! The funny part is I never try to be on the trend!

  15. Jessica, I seriously love this. I’m trying to cut my pasta consumption and this a great way to still get those same flavors. Looks delicious!

  16. Kelly says:

    What a fantastic way of quinoa dish – love this! I am always trying to sneak more quinoa into our meals but the hubs isn’t too keen so with all that yummy cheese I’m pretty sure he’ll change his tune! It looks incredible Jessica – pinning 🙂

  17. YUM! This looks awesome! And 15 minutes?! I do believe I can spare that kind of time! Especially for this 🙂

  18. Great recipe, born to please Jessica and others! Thanks!

    ela h.

  19. YUM!! Love those quick weeknight meals. I’m pretty much always craving cheese, so you know this is going to happen soon!

  20. Johlene says:

    I think this is a brilliant idea and a great substitute! Your photos are vibrant and beautiful too! xoxo

  21. Ala says:

    I love this more than I can say–I’ve fallen in love with quinoa and the idea of it cheesy is mind-boggling. I haven’t cooked it much myself but it sounds like an awesome sub for pasta. Yummmmm!

  22. Monica says:

    I adore your creative uses for quinoa. And I love a healthy and hearty dish like this.

  23. Liz says:

    As a huge quinoa fan, I’d never, ever pass up this fantastic cheesy casserole! Wow!

  24. I am too a fan of quinoa! This casserole looks fantastic, Jessica.

  25. I love recipes that don’t need tons of ingredients to be tasty. This looks so delicious.!! Thanks for sharing 😉

  26. Oh my goodness this looks good! I LOVE all the cheese! What a great, easy to make weeknight dinner.

  27. Only 5 ingredients in 15 minutes?!! And it looks this good?! Win-win!

  28. I love quinoa casseroles! Love all the flavors going on here!

  29. Alison says:

    Hi, I’m new to cooking so please bear with me. The recipe says to reserve half the diced tomatoes, but doesn’t say what to do with them. Did I miss it?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Allison,

      No worries! I forgot to include it – you would sprinkle the rest on top before baking it. I hope that helps!

  30. aly says:

    Hey girl,
    What Italian Seasoning? I dont see that in the ingredient list.
    Let me know! Making this tonight!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Aly,

      This recipe went wonky a while back and I think it got deleted from the ingredients list! I think it was 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. I hope you enjoy!!

      • Aly says:

        I omitted the seasoning and it was still super delicious! Looking forward to leftovers tonight! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  31. Chantale says:

    I tried this tonight and was very good. Even my son’s girlfriend who does not like quinoa, liked it. Definitely making this recipe again!

  32. Tim says:

    What do you do with the other half of the diced tomatoes?

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