Sunday, August 18, 2013

Caprese Quinoa Bake

I am obsessed with quinoa, as many of you may know, so I am always on the look out for some new recipes. I stumbled upon a new blog Half Baked Harvest that has amazing recipes (and pictures). This one caught my eye and made me very curious. The ingredients are the perfect summer combination with my favorite fresh ingredients from my garden.  Furthermore, who doesn't love mozzarella baked!  Needless to say it was a HIT!  It is full of fresh ingredients, flavor (and cheese), but on the healthier side with the quinoa.

2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup favorite pasta sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup parmesan
1 cup mozzarella, divided
1/2-1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 bunch basil, cut into ribbon
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large saucepan combine pasta sauce and paste on medium heat. Once warm add cream, parmesan, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add quinoa. Fold in half of the mozzarella, half of the tomatoes and half of the basil. Spray 9x9 baking dish and pour mixture into it. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and tomatoes on top. Bake for approximately 15 minutes and then broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is golden. Remove from oven. Top with remaining basil and let sit for 5 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

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