Broccoli & Quinoa Casserole

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This broccoli-quinoa casserole makes a hearty vegetarian main dish. As the quinoa absorbs water and cooks, it creates the perfect amount of steam for cooking the broccoli. The broccoli is crisp-tender and adds texture to contrast with the creamy, cheesy quinoa. Swap in tricolor quinoa, if you prefer.

Broccoli & Quinoa Casserole
Photo: Photography / Antonis Achilleos, Styling / Christine Keely, Ali Ramee
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
Servings:
8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 4 cups small broccoli florets and chopped stems

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can no-salt-added cannellini beans, rinsed

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 cup whole-milk plain strained yogurt, such as Greek or skyr

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • 2 cups shredded fontina cheese, divided

Directions

  1. Position oven rack 5 inches from broiler; preheat to 350°F. Lightly coat a 13-by-9-inch broiler-safe baking dish with cooking spray. Combine water, quinoa, oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook, undisturbed, for 10 minutes. Add broccoli to the mixture (do not stir); cover and continue cooking until all the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

  2. Transfer the quinoa mixture to a large bowl. Add beans, milk, yogurt, thyme, garlic, pepper, onion powder, 1 1/2 cups cheese and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Gently stir until evenly combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

  3. Bake until heated through and the cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Set oven to broil (without removing the dish). Broil until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool for 5 minutes. Garnish with additional thyme, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

306 Calories
15g Fat
27g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 1¼ cups
Calories 306
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 18g 36%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Vitamin A 1399IU 28%
Sodium 414mg 18%
Potassium 459mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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