A quinoa mac and cheese recipe with all the ooey gooey we love from the classic comfort food, updated for the health-conscious, modern-day cook. Vegetarian.
Healthi(er) Quinoa Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
A healthier way to indulge in mac and cheese using quinoa in place of pasta.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 155 kcal
Author: Christine | Mid-Life Croissant
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 cup milk I've only ever used whole for its creaminess
  • 1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 5 oz mild cheese fontina or gouda, grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon marmite
  • 1/2 cup crushed brown butter croutons or panko bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly oil a baking or casserole dish (I use a 9x9 square ceramic dish.)

  2. Combine milk and cottage cheese in a food processor until smooth and foamy.
  3. In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add tapioca starch and whisk until combined and roux starts to darken a little.
  4. Add milk and cottage cheese mixture. Whisk to combine.
  5. Add grated cheese little by little until completely melted.
  6. Remove from heat and add quinoa. Mix well.
  7. Pour into baking dish.
  8. Sprinkle top with crushed brown butter croutons (or bread crumbs.)
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.