Basil Tomato Quinoa “Pasta” with Parmesan



Love, love LOVE quinoa. I eat it for lunch the days that I’m not eating a huge leafy green salad. Quinoa is so versatile – it literally takes on the flavour of anything that you cook with. I’ve made so many different variations of quinoa, to eat in quinoa bowls or as a side dish. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods you can eat, so it’s great if you’re vegan (or almost vegan) and are looking for other sources to get your protein from. It also has about twice as much fibre as whole grains do, even though quinoa itself is a nut rather than a grain. It’s also gluten-free, if you happen to be celiac.

I’ve been reducing my grain intake this week, even though when I do eat grains…they are whole grains. I was really craving pasta the other day, so I made this. It’s really delicious and even though there’s not one starchy noodle to be found, it satisfied my pasta craving. I am a pasta lover through and through, and this really hit the spot. So delicious and just another way to cook quinoa (there’s literally endless ways to cook it). It’s an easy and quick dinner (takes about 20 minutes) and its high in protein and fibre (and yup, there’s no meat or grains in it – yeah there are other ways to get the nutrients you need without eating meat!). To make this a vegan dish, simply cook the quinoa in vegetable stock and omit the parmesan cheese. Vegans can also add cashew cheese to the sauce to make it creamy.

gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian, vegan option, sugar-free, soy-free


Ingredients (serves two)

1 cup rinsed uncooked quinoa

1 low sodium chicken stock cube

fresh chopped basil

1 can of organic diced tomatoes

italian seasoning

cracked black peppercorns

finely shredded parmesan cheese


1. Cook quinoa in 2 cups of water with one chicken stock cube for 20 minutes or until quinoa is fully cooked.

2. Add in the diced tomatoes, chopped basil, italian seasoning, peppercorn and parmesan cheese (all to taste). I like a lot of spices, so I tend to use more. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until all ingredients are heated and combined.

3. Serve and garnish with some fresh chopped basil and parmesan cheese.

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