Quinoa Mac N’ Cheese – 181 calories

Yep, you read correctly, Quinoa Mac N’ Cheese! This recipe originally came about when my daughter asked for some macaroni and cheese, but I didn’t have enough pasta. I added some quinoa to the dish and instantly wondered why I hadn’t been “sneaking” it in all along.

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I tried many different variations to get the pasta and quinoa ratio right, and when I took my first bite into version I knew I had created something both decadent and healthy. Try it out yourself, and if you can get a hold of some, make it with the Truffle Oil and the Truffle Salt it adds so much rich flavor and transforms this comfort food dish into a foodies’ dream dish!

This is the perfect side dish for chicken, steak, even barbecue! Looking to make this dish a meal? Instead of dividing into 9 portions divide into 6 and enjoy the best homemade lunch of your life! Or add in left over cooked chicken and veggies and turn this into a delicious casserole.

Makes 9 servings.


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken broth (vegetable broth or water will also work)
  • 1 cup whole wheat pasta (elbow and small shells work best)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon truffle oil (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons organic all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups skim milk (whatever milk you have will work fine)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon truffle salt (or sea salt)

Get started:

- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

- In a small sauce pan bring the chicken broth and quinoa to a boil, bring down to a simmer and cover. When all the liquid is absorbed remove from heat and set aside.

- Bring 3 cups water to a boil and add in pasta, cook until al dente then drain and set aside.

- In a large sauce pan add the butter and truffle oil, turn heat to medium and melt the butter. Once melted add flour and mix in a figure 8 motion until it forms a paste, about 5 minutes.

- Add milk to the butter flour paste and whisk to remove any lumps, cook on medium heat stir often until it thickens enough to coat your spoon, about 20 minutes.

- While your sauce thickens, make your crunchy topping by combining 1/3 of the cheese, Panko crumbs, garlic powder and truffle salt in a bowl and set aside.

- Once your sauce is thick, reduce heat to low and add in the pasta and quinoa. Mix until all is coated, then add in 1/3 of the cheese and mix together.

- Remove from the heat and add in the remainder 1/3 of the cheese, mixing until it is all dispersed but not melted. Tumble into a 9 by 9 casserole dish and top with the cheese and breadcrumb topping.

Quinoa Mac N Cheese- Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the top is crisp and the cheese sauce has thickened. Place under the broiler for one to two minutes if needed to help crisp the top.

- Let set for 10 minutes before serving so the sauce can firm up.

Nutrition information:

Each serving (approximately 10) has:

Calories: 181

  • Fat: 7.5
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 8.5
  • Carbs: 20


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  3. 181 calories? Why have i never had this?!

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