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Overhead shot of a pizza quinoa casserole with turkey pepperoni, fresh basil, and melty cheesy topping.

Pizza Quinoa Casserole

Pizza quinoa casserole is a one-pan dinner that doesn't even require pre-cooked quinoa! Everything gets cooked at once in the oven, making one delicious, convenient, weeknight dinner. (It's a great healthy freezer meal and meal prep option, too!)

free from: wheat/ gluten, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy optional

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 186 kcal

Ingredients

Casserole Base:

  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chopped boneless, skinless chicken breast (approx. 1 lb - chop into small, half-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Casserole Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 oz turkey pepperoni (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, julienned (optional)
  • any other desired "pizza toppings" (i.e. mushrooms, peppers, onions, spinach, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Combine all "casserole base" ingredients in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 60 minutes.

  3. Remove casserole from oven and fluff the quinoa mixture with a fork. Smooth into an even layer.

  4. Spread the top of the casserole with a thin layer of tomato sauce and top with cheese and any desired pizza toppings (like turkey pepperoni).

  5. Place back in the oven (uncovered) and bake an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

  6. Top with any fresh toppings, like fresh julienned basil, and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information is for the recipe as pictured, with turkey pepperoni and fresh basil.

To make dairy-free, substitute your favorite dairy-free cheese or omit entirely.

To make vegetarian, omit chicken (can substitute something else like cannellini beans).

Nutrition Facts
Pizza Quinoa Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 582mg25%
Potassium 432mg12%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 131mg13%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.