Pizza Margherita Quinoa Casserole

Try this protein-packed vegetarian meal the next time you're craving pizza but don't want to make a mess. It all comes together in one pot!

Pizza Margherita Quinoa Casserole
Photo: Adam Albright
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 cups


  • 2 cup water

  • 1 ¼ cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cup marinara sauce

  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste

  • cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

  • cup heavy cream

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 ½ cup grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz.)

  • ¾ cup shredded fresh basil

  • 6 ounce fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a 4- to 6-qt. Dutch oven combine the water, quinoa, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Drain quinoa and return to pot.

  2. Stir marinara sauce and tomato paste into quinoa. Stir in the next four ingredients (through black pepper). Fold in 3/4 cup of the tomatoes, the shredded mozzarella cheese, and 1/4 cup of the basil.

  3. Top with fresh mozzarella. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven; top with the remaining 3/4 cup grape tomatoes. Let stand 10 minutes. Top with remaining 1/2 cup basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

447 Calories
23g Fat
38g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 447
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 1062mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 450mg 35%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 739mg 16%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 112.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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