Ecuadorean Quinoa and Vegetable Soup

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 35 mins

I have tried several recipes using quinoa and never liked any of them until this one. It is important to rinse this grain very, very well to get rid of the bitter taste. This is an adapted Moosewood recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse the quinoa very well in a fine mesh strainer under running water; set aside to drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a large soup pot.
  3. Add in the onions and salt; cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes--stir every now and then.
  4. Add in the drained quinoa, potatoes, bell pepper, coriander, cumin, oregano, pepper, vegetable stock, and tomatoes; stir to combine.
  5. Cover and bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add in the zucchini; cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  7. Add in the lemon juice; stir to combine.
  8. Serve.
Most Helpful

This was really excellent! Had a bunch of extra vegetables in the fridge, so I added brussel sprouts, carrots, ginger, garlic, sweet potato and upped the quinoa a bit to compensate. Easy recipe to play with, and it turned out so good. Highly recommend the ginger, it works great with the lemon juice. Also, if you really want to stay really low on calories, you can "steam fry" the onions in 1/4 cup water with the lid on rather than use oil. I never tried that before and was skeptical, but it worked fine and there's plenty of flavor in this soup without the oil. Thanks for posting!

PatrickG March 31, 2010

This is one of the richest tasting soups we have ever eaten! I followed it to the letter and we just couldn't get enough of it. My husband is still talking about it the next day. Thanks, Carole

carole in orlando June 24, 2010

Perfect, amazing, very delicious and healthy soup!! Just a perfect combination of spices and ingredients that come together as more than the sum of the parts. I added diced ginger, which I highly recommend if you like ginger.

~flour~power~ December 28, 2011

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