Quinoa with Cheese and Herbs

This is my new favorite comfort food. It’s healthy, it’s cheesy, but most importantly its easy and delicious! The original recipe called for farro, but I couldn’t find that in my grocery store so I substituted it for quinoa, which is great and adds protein to this simple dish. Call it an adult mac and cheese if you must!

Quinoa with Cheese and Herbs

Quinoa with Cheese and Herbs

 

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quinoa, with 2 cups water
2 cups (8 ounces) grated extra-sharp Cheddar
2 cups (8 ounces) grated mozzarella
1 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons herbes de Provence
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (about 5 ounces) 1/2-inch thick slices multi-grain or whole-grain bread, preferably 1 day old, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Butter, for baking dish

Directions

Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Set aside.

Quinoa: In a pot, bring the quinoa, water and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer until the quinoa is cooked, about 10-15 minutes. Fluff once the water has evaporated.

Filling: In a large bowl mix together the cheeses, milk, herbes de Provence, salt, and pepper. Add the cooked quinoa and stir until coated. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Topping: Arrange the bread pieces on top of the farro mixture and drizzle liberally with olive oil.

Bake for 15 minutes until the topping is golden. Cool for 5 minutes and serve.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/farro-with-cheese-and-herbs-recipe.html

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