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Italian Marinara Quinoa Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time23 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Angela Marinelli - Nourishment Connection


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups tomato sauce preferably homemade
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped basil


  • Rinse the quinoa in a bowl or fine strainer until the water runs clear then drain.
  • Over high heat bring tomato sauce and water to a boil.
  • Once it boils, add the quinoa. Stir and reduce the heat to medium low, bringing the quinoa to a simmer.
  • Let it cook covered for 15-20 minutes on low to medium low heat until all liquid is absorbed and it's tender.
  • Once quinoa is cooked turn off heat. Let the quinoa sit for 5-10 minutes covered. Then fluff it with a fork.
  • Mix in most of the chopped basil with the quinoa, reserving a couple tablespoons to top the quinoa when you plate it.
  • Spoon into bowls.
  • Top with fresh basil and serve.
  • *For me, even though quinoa is a complete protein, adding my healthier meatballs completes this dish. But eat it how you like it!


Copywright: Angela Marinelli, Nourishment Connection 2013