Quinoa With Pasta Sauce and Cheese
Quinoa with pasta sauce, instead of noodles, is a quick, healthy and tasty weeknight meal that tastes just as good reheated the next day for lunch.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1cup quinoa (uncooked, white)
- 2cups water
- 2to 3 cups pasta sauce (or more to taste)
- 1cup Parmesan (or other hard cheese, grated; or more to taste)
Step 1Rinse the quinoa if the packaging does not indicate that it's pre-rinsed. Rinsing quinoa removes naturally occurring plant chemicals that are harmless but can cause a bitter flavor in quinoa. Use a fine-mesh strainer so you don't lose any tiny quinoa seeds down the drain.
Step 2In a deep pot, bring the water and quinoa to a boil. Lower the heat, so the water is at a simmer and cover the pot.
Step 3Simmer 12 to 15 minutes. If water remains in the pot, drain it off (again, use a fine-mesh strainer).
Step 4In the same pot, add the pasta sauce. Stir well. Add more sauce to taste, if needed. Simmer another 1 or 2 minutes with the lid off, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is heated.
Step 5Turn off the heat and let the quinoa rest for 5 minutes (with the lid on the pot).
Step 6To each bowl of quinoa and pasta sauce, add a generous amount of grated cheese.
Step 7To add even more flavor to the dish, consider topping the quinoa and tomato sauce with sautéed vegetables, cooked and drained Italian sausage, ground beef or ground turkey, and fresh herbs.