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Vegetarian comfort food at its finest! This einkorn cheesy quinoa and broccoli recipe is everything you love about mac and cheese, only without the carb-loaded pasta! You can make cheesy quinoa and broccoli using traditional all-purpose flour too.

Quinoa has been determined to be one of the healthiest foods in the world! It’s loaded with protein and antioxidants—and a bunch of other great stuff for you that we don’t even know how to pronounce. Mix it up with yummy broccoli and our delicious homemade cheese sauce and you have a meal that will earn you high-fives from everyone at the dinner table!

You’ll need to prepare the ingredients separately—cook the quinoa, steam the broccoli and make the cheese sauce in separate pans, but once everything is prepped, this meal comes together in a snap! We can’t wait for you to try it.

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Einkorn is helpful for those with gluten sensitivities or intolerances and not intended for those with celiac disease.

A bowl full of einkorn cheesy quinoa and broccoli, the perfect side dish.

Einkorn Cheesy Quinoa And Broccoli Recipe

We took the pasta out of classic mac and cheese and made einkorn cheesy quinoa and broccoli instead!


Yield: 6 servings
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  • Place rack in center of oven then preheat to 350 degrees. Coat a 2-qt casserole dish with cooking spray then set aside. Add uncooked quinoa, water and ½ tsp salt to a medium saucepan then place over high heat. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover then let simmer for 15–20 minutes until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
  • Place broccoli florets in a microwave-safe bowl with 2 Tbsp of water and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 3–4 minutes until the broccoli starts to become tender. Remove from microwave, drain excess water then set aside.
  • While quinoa and broccoli are cooking, place a separate saucepan over medium heat and melt butter. Add onions and ¼ tsp salt then cook for 3–4 minutes, until the onions become translucent.
  • Add flour, stir until dissolved then cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk and stir until no lumps of flour remain. Stir in salt, garlic powder and paprika then bring to a boil. Reduce heat then simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add shredded cheese and Parmesan cheese in increments, stirring after each addition until completely melted before adding the next. When the cheese is incorporated and the sauce is smooth, remove from heat then stir in the quinoa and broccoli.
  • Transfer to prepared casserole dish and bake 20–25 minutes until hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!


If you are craving carbs and can’t let the idea of them go, top this dish with einkorn breadcrumbs. Now that’s a compromise!
Calories: 530kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 1013mg, Potassium: 299mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g
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Einkorn cheesy quinoa and broccoli recipe