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Quinoa Spinach Mac and Cheese

Move over macaroni because quinoa is in town and taking over this mac and cheese. I know this recipe is called Quinoa Spinach MAC and Cheese, but there is no macaroni involved. Don’t be sad, you won’t miss the macaroni. I promise.

When I saw Carrie’s recipe on Tasty Kitchen, I knew I had to make it for dinner. It had my name written all over it. I am obsessed with quinoa-did you see my Crunchy Quinoa Granola? And I love trying new mac and cheese recipes-remember my Avocado Mac and Cheese? Yeah, I knew I would love this recipe.

This quinoa mac and cheese is loaded with spinach, white cheddar, and has a crunchy Parmesan and Panko topping. I baked it in a skillet until it was bubbly and screaming EAT ME!

I loved everything about this “not” mac and cheese. It is creamy, cheesy, and even a little crunchy thanks to the topping. The quinoa and spinach boost up the nutritional value of the traditional mac and cheese. This Popeye approved mac and cheese was a hit at our dinner table. All of the peas give this recipe two big thumbs up!

For step-by-step photos and the recipe, visit Tasty Kitchen. You are going to love this Quinoa Spinach Mac and Cheese. It is a great easy weeknight meal and perfect for the cold winter months. Healthified comfort food! I don’t know if healthified is technically a word, but it is now because I am using it:) Now, go make some Quinoa Mac and Cheese please!

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67 Responses to “Quinoa Spinach Mac and Cheese”

  1. traci — January 11, 2013 @ 5:46 am

    Heamthified is totally a word. I use it all the time, so its a word. :)

  2. What an creative s mac and cheese! Going to check it out over at Tasty Kitchen!! Have a nice weekend!!

  3. Shaina — January 11, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    What a great idea! This quinoa craze that everyone is going through is awesome, the stuff is so good and you really can incorporate it into just about any kind of recipe – case in point, your mac & cheese!

  4. Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa — January 11, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    This looks amazing! Creamy and delicious. Perfect for a comforting meal with the family.

    I’d love for you to enter this recipe into the first ever quinoa link party if you’re interested. It’s hosted over at my site, Queen of Quinoa, and will be happening all weekend long on a bi-weekly basis.

    Thank Goodness it’s Quinoa (TGIQ):

    Happy Weekend!!

  5. Cindy Ferguson — January 11, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    Seeing as I’ve been on a spinach kick lately, this looks amazing!
    By the way, I can’t believe I haven’t tried your avocado mac and cheese. It’s on my list to make very soon!

  6. DessertForTwo — January 11, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    YUM! Looks like the perfect weekend lunch :)

  7. Kelly — January 11, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    I cooked quinoa for the first time two days ago. I sauteed onions/garlic, added the quinoa, and then simmered in chicken broth. Delicious. Then yesterday, I took the leftovers and made a cheese sauce and added leftover broccoli. But now I want to make it again so I can try it with the panko topping!! I can’t believe I am just now getting into quinoa. I’ve been missing out!

  8. Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 11, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    Brilliant! Maybe this will be the way I can get my kids to eat quinoa. :)

  9. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 11, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Holy moly! This looks too dang good. And so creative, too!

  10. Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 11, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Oh my word. Yes.

  11. Carrie @Bakeaholic Mama — January 11, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    So glad you liked it Maria! This is a family favorite in our house…. and it gets my kids to eat their spinach!

  12. Kristen — January 11, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    This is such a brilliant idea!

  13. shelly (cookies and cups) — January 11, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    I’m thinking I have dinner figured out for tonight!!

  14. Sandy @ RE — January 11, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    Maria, this sounds fantastic! Is Caleb eating your cooking now? He’s going to be the luckiest little boy around with Mama’s cooking! :) Happy weekend friend!

  15. Kim in RI — January 11, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    I have never had quinoa and am afraid to try! What is the texture like?

  16. Jenny Flake — January 11, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Oh how I wish I had a bowl for breakfast right now :) Looks great!

  17. HeatherChristo — January 11, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    I cannot believe how good this looks to me right now! and NO macaroni?? I love it.

  18. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — January 11, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    Another great idea for quinoa!

  19. What a great idea! I am in love quinoa, so this is a logical next step – gorgeous!

  20. Erica — January 11, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Making this next week! what a delicious creation!

  21. Julie @ Table for Two — January 11, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    I absolutely LOVE that you used quinoa in this mac and cheese instead of the regular pasta! Superb idea, Maria!

  22. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 11, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    Well who wouldn’t love this??? Healthy AND comforting!

  23. Marla Meridith — January 11, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    Such a smart way to do mac and cheese!

  24. Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — January 11, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    What a great idea! I wouldn’t have thought to use quinoa instead of pasta but it makes perfect sense. I can imagine this tastes so creamy and good…and much healthier than regular mac. :)

  25. Carla @ Carlas Confections — January 11, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    YUM! Great substiution for macaroni!

  26. Aimee @ Simple Bites — January 11, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    Anything cooked in a skillet is awesome in my books!

  27. Joanne — January 11, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    Don’t tell my Italian ancestors but I choose quinoa over mac! Especially when it means that I can have an extra serving. :)

  28. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — January 11, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    This looks so good! I can’t resist anything with a crunchy cheesy crust like that :)

  29. Marian (Sweetopia) — January 11, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    Oh my, this looks good! Like the kind of comfort food I love!

  30. Ruby @ the ruby red apron — January 11, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    Looks super delicious. I’ve only cooked with quinoa once but I’ve seen so many different recipes using quinoa lately (like this one) so I must buy more quinoa soon!

  31. Gaby — January 11, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    Seriously need this in my life STAT!

  32. Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — January 11, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    I absolutely CANNOT wait to give this a try!

  33. Crystal — January 12, 2013 @ 12:54 am

    I know what I making this next week for dinner. Delicious!

  34. Tiffany — January 12, 2013 @ 1:05 am

    This looks delicious! I’ve done a regular cheddar quinoa mac & cheese with broccoli & red peppers but this will definitely be the next recipe I try!

  35. Noam — January 12, 2013 @ 1:51 am

    Just tried for dinner. We loved it! Healthified even more by substituting butter for olive oil and using fat free milk. Still reach enough for us. Could also add mushrooms, ham, other vegetables. Will make it again for sure.

  36. fayme stringer henry — January 12, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    i CANNOT wait to try this….

  37. Val — January 12, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    This looks yummy – I will be trying it soon. I’ll also br trying Mel’s recipe for Cheesy Brocoli and Ham Quinoa cups at her blog Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (

    Quinoa is the in thing!

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  39. Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook — January 12, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    I’m totally okay with forgoing macaroni for this cheesy, creamy masterpiece. Just look at that perfect golden breadcrumb topping. Yum!

  40. Elissa — January 13, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    I really want to make this!! I just need to put panko on my grocery list :)

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