Recipe: Quinoa Spinach Parmesan Risotto


Recipe: Quinoa Spinach Parmesan Risotto

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Serving size: ½ cup


  • 1 cup dry quinoa

  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup onion, diced

  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp black pepper

  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup skim milk

  • 1½ cup baby spinach, chopped

  • ⅓ cup frozen peas

  • ½ cup reduced-fat Parmesan cheese

Optional Topping*:

  • reduced-fat Parmesan cheese

*Optional ingredients are not included in nutritional calculations.



  1. In a small pot, add dry quinoa and chicken broth. Bring to a rolling boil. Cover and cook for 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork, cover and set aside.

  2. In a medium-sized sauté pan, over medium, heat olive oil until hot. Add onions, garlic, salt and pepper and sauté until onions are tender. Sprinkle flour and vigorously stir to form a roux. Cook for 1 minute.

  3. Add ⅓ cup of milk and stir, working out any lumps from the flour. Add the rest of your milk and stir. Turn stove to low and cook for 7-8 minutes, until sauce is thickened.

  4. Add spinach and peas to pan and cook until spinach has wilted (about 2 minutes), then remove from heat.

  5. Add Parmesan and quinoa and mix thoroughly. Serve hot with (optional) Parmesan cheese on top.

Nutrition Information
Per Serving: (½ cup)
Calories: 180
Calories from fat: 17
Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 6mg
Sodium: 400mg
Carbohydrates: 25g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar 4g
Protein: 7g
WWP+: 4