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Pastel de Quinoa

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Pastel de Quinoa
  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 14
  • Servings 2

Quinotto (quinoa risotto) is an increasingly popular dish in the international -and especially in the vegetarian/vegan- food scene. This new take on the Italian risotto replaces the delicious yet heavier Arborio rice, with the gluten-free, protein-rich seed that is rocking the health foods world: quinoa. The recipe I’m sharing today is not only gluten-free, but also vegan, as I used summer squash and leeks to replace the cream some like adding to this dish. I also sprinkled it with pine nuts instead of using parmesan cheese. The result is delicious and appealing to everyone; not the typical granola experience you would expect. I encourage you to try it, and see for yourselves. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1
leek, chopped
1
summer squash, chopped
2
shallots, chopped
2
garlic cloves, chopped
1/2
cup vegetable stock
1/4
cup white wine
2
cups cooked quinoa
1
fennel bulb, chopped
1
zucchini, chopped
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper
1/4
cup olive oil, divided
2
tablespoons pine nuts
2
tablespoons chopped parsley

Directions

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  • 1
    Heat half the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the shallots and garlic for a couple minutes, then add the squash and leek. Sauté, stirring until soft, then add the stock and wine. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool.
  • 2
    In another skillet, heat the rest of the oil, and sauté the zucchini and fennel until soft. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and oregano, and mix well.
  • 3
    Purée the leek, squash and stock mixture in a blender, until creamy. If it needs more liquid, add more stock 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • 4
    Put the quinoa, leek and squash cream, and sautéed vegetables back in one of the skillets, and turn the heat up to medium, stirring until everything is very hot.
  • 5
    Serve sprinkled with pine nuts and parsley.
  • To prepare the quinoa, put it in a pan with twice the amount of water, and once it boils cook it for 20 minutes at medium heat. Drain any excess water.

Expert Tips

  • For a non-vegan version, you can use regular cream instead of the leek and squash cream, and sprinkle the risotto with grated parmesan cheese.
  • You can make this recipe with any rice instead of quinoa, or with your favorite short pasta. Use Arborio rice instead for an authentic risotto.

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More About This Recipe
  • Quinotto (quinoa risotto) is an increasingly popular dish in the international -and especially in the vegetarian/vegan- food scene. This new take on the Italian risotto replaces the delicious yet heavier Arborio rice, with the gluten-free, protein-rich seed that is rocking the health foods world: quinoa. The recipe I’m sharing today is not only gluten-free, but also vegan, as I used summer squash and leeks to replace the cream some like adding to this dish. I also sprinkled it with pine nuts instead of using parmesan cheese. The result is delicious and appealing to everyone; not the typical granola experience you would expect. I encourage you to try it, and see for yourselves.

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