Quinoa & Butternut Squash Gratin

Total Time
1hr
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is a delicious, savory vegetarian recipe with butternut squash and cheese. The original recipe called for Gruyere but I used sharp cheddar instead. I think both would work quite well. This was my first time using quinoa in a recipe, and I'm really hooked. The little quinoa spirals are filled with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, making it a valuable addition to a vegetarian diet.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Spray a 2-quart dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Peel and cube the butternut squash, then put in a microwave safe bowl.
  4. Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes until squash is soft and tender.
  5. Wash the quinoa in a fine sieve thoroughly (about 5 minutes) until water runs clear. This is very important, as quinoa has a bitter protective coating that can linger even after processing.
  6. Transfer squash and quinoa to a large pot. Add water and salt to pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and the quinoa blooms into little spirals.
  7. Remove from heat and let rest.
  8. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a small frying pan.
  9. Add shallots and cook 3 minutes.
  10. Add garlic and cook a minute or two longer, being careful not to let garlic burn.
  11. Pour over quinoa and squash mixture, mixing thoroughly.
  12. Add eggs, 3/4 cup of the cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
  14. Sprinkle remaining cheese and bread crumbs over gratin.
  15. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoons of olive oil on top and bake for 35-45 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Reviews

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This is absolutely wonderful. I did add some vege broth instead of just water. It had so much more flavor than I thought it would. I added slightly more green onion, and I had a nice piece of whole grain bread I turned into a more chunky breadcrumb, so thank you Kozmic.

cooking-BAG December 31, 2011

This was absolutely fantastic! My two step-sons (7 and 11) both LOVED it and my husband thought it was great as well...always great to find something that pleases everyone! It was easy too...great weeknight vegetarian meal!

dr.sue September 28, 2010

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