Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Bake

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Bake. Broccoli and quinoa smothered in a creamy cheese sauce and topped with crispy panko breadcrumbs. A healthier version of the Broccoli Rice Casserole we all love!

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Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Bake

I took one of my favorite casseroles and made it healthier! This Broccoli Quinoa Casserole is still rich and satisfying as the original. I make an easy homemade cheese sauce using milk, shredded cheddar cheese, flour and a little butter. I substituted quinoa in place of the rice and skipped pre made canned soup.

For an added crunch I top the casserole with toasted panko breadcrumbs. It makes all the difference!

To make this a full meal add shredded rotisserie chicken! You can also add canned tuna to this for a protein boost!

Ingredients

  • Quinoa: Is used in place of rice for an added protein boost!
  • Broccoli: You can use fresh or frozen broccoli in this casserole. Just make sure to thaw the frozen broccoli before adding. You can also substitute cauliflower florets!
  • Panko Breadcrumbs: Use gluten free breadcrumbs to keep this dish gluten free.
  • Butter & Flour: Are used to make a roux to thicken up the cheese sauce. You can use gluten free flour to make this dish gluten free.
  • Milk: I use 2% milk however any nut milk can be substituted. You would not be able to tell the difference.
  • Cheese: I love using sharp cheddar cheese in this recipe. However gouda, swiss, fontina or pepper jack can also be used.
  • Sour cream: Adds the perfect amount of creaminess to the casserole. You can substitute greek yogurt in place of the sour cream for an added protein boost!

How to make broccoli quinoa bake

  • Cook quinoa: According to package instructions.
  • Make panko breading: Meanwhile heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet. Add panko and cook stirring constantly until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Saute broccoli: In the same pan heat the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the broccoli and cook until tender, set aside.
  • Make cheese sauce: start by melting butter in a medium saucepan. Add in flour and whisk constantly for about 1 minute. Slowly add in milk and continue to whisk until thickened slightly, 3-4 minutes.
  • Bake: Take off of the heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese, sour cream, broccoli and cooked quinoa. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to a 9 x 13 baking dish and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake in a 350 degree oven until cheese has melted, a couple of minutes. Top the casserole with the toasted breadcrumbs and serve immediately.
  • Serve: Immediately with fresh parsley for serving!

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Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Bake

4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Bake. A healthier version of the Broccoli Rice Casserole we all love!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 head broccoli cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  3. Meanwhile heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet. Add panko and cook stirring constantly until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. In the same pan heat the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the broccoli and cook until tender, set aside.
  5. To make the cheese sauce start by melting butter in a medium saucepan. Add in flour and whisk constantly for about 1 minute.
  6. Slowly add in milk and continue to whisk until thickened slightly, 3-4 minutes.
  7. Take off of the heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese, sour cream, broccoli and cooked quinoa.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Transfer mixture to baking dish and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Cook until cheese has melted, 5-10 minutes.

  10. Top the casserole with the toasted breadcrumbs and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Damn Delicious and Iowa Girl Eats

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 210mg9%
Potassium 479mg14%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 932IU19%
Vitamin C 68mg82%
Calcium 283mg28%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Bake, Easy Dinner, Healthy, Healthy Dinner, Quinoa, Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

Originally published Oct 23, 2018

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  • Rachel

    I made this for dinner and it was pretty good. Its not super flavorful but its still good. This recipe had a lot of steps going on at the same time which made it kind of difficult to cook. At one point i was making the cheese sauce in one pot, cooking the quinoa in another pot, while toasting the breadcrumbs in a pan. There was so much multi tasking going on that i forgot about the breadcrumbs and they got burnt. I had to throw them out and make more. I also decided to steam the broccoli instead of cooking it in the pan, that made more sense to me. The cheese sauce didnt thicken for me and im not sure why. i had a ton of pots and pans to clean at the end but the meal was pretty good.

  • Susan

    Hello! I tried making this dish, and my cheese sauce would not thicken. I think maybe the milk should be adjusted by 1c perhaps? It was super soupy, so am wondering if the measurements listed are accurate? Or maybe it was just my amateur skills in the kitchen!:) Thanks!

  • Monica

    The ingredients definitely need to be altered . Waaaayyy too watery . Maybe try 1 cup of milk instead of two . I cooked it in a pan for probably 20 minutes to get the milk out and then put it in the pan . Still tasted good !

  • Hi Monica,

    Thanks for letting me know I will retest and see if it needs tweaking.

    Thanks!

    Kelley

  • Lia

    Definitely need to tweak the amount of milk. It’s very runny and should probably have 1 cup of milk or maybe just more flour? Or more cheese?

  • Hi Lia,

    I’m sorry to hear this. I’m thinking the cheese sauce maybe did not get thick enough. This can cause it to be runny. I like to cook the milk until it thickens a bit. Hope this helps!

    Thanks!

    Kelley

  • JMaccagnone

    I made this for supper last night and it was wonderful!!! It was much better than I was even expecting. Thank you for sharing this. I made the recipe as written, with the exception that I added some cauliflower along with the broccoli and I did not put the panko on it. The sauce turned out perfect and the flavors were just like a broccoli casserole. Wonderful!

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