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step-by-step directions

Quinoa & Spinach Un-Mac n' Cheese

  • 2 cups Quinoa
  • Chicken Broth
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Shallot (minced)
  • 8 ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese (divided)
  • 1 bag Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 4 tablespoons Butter (melted)
  • 3/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
step-by-step directions
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cook the Quinoa according to package instructions substituting Chicken Broth for water.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons of Butter and Shallot. Cook until the Shallot is slightly soft then whisk in Flour. Continue to whisk until a paste forms and light golden.
  • Whisk in Milk and increase heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil while whisking. Stir in Nutmeg and Salt along with Cheddar Cheese. When Cheese sauce is smooth remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, mix cooked Quinoa, Cheese Sauce, Spinach and half of the Parmesan Cheese. Transfer to the casserole dish. Top with the remaining Parmesan.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the melted Butter and Panko Breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over the casserole and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
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