Southwestern Quinoa Pasta Bake


  • 16 ounces quinoa linguine or spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 -2 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ cup gluten free flour
  • 4 cups milk of choice (unsweetened)
  • 14.5 ounces tomatoes with green chilies, drained
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese or daiya
  • 4 cups cooked chicken or tempeh, cubed
  • Cilantro, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil to medium in a large Dutch oven. Add onion, green pepper, red pepper and jalapeño. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add tomato paste, cumin, chili powder and paprika and stir until well combined.
  3. Sprinkle in flour slowly and whisk until blended. Gradually add in milk. Bring to a simmer and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and one cup of cheese and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat and stir in pasta and chicken or tempeh. Transfer to baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Cook for 30 minutes, until bubbly. Garnish with cilantro and served.


Servings 12, Calories 366, Fat 12g, Carbohydrates 37g, Protein 27g, Cholesterol 87mg, Sodium 357mg, Fiber 1.4g, Sugars 6.9g, WW Pts 9



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