Quinoa “Mac” & Cheese

by Marla on June 30, 2014 · 21 comments

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Quinoa "Mac" & Cheese | FamilyFreshCooking.com #glutenfree

Happy Monday! Hope you had a super weekend. I was all festive at the Telluride Wine Festival & it was ahhhhhmazing! We had perfect bluebird weather & lots of fun people in town to celebrate summer & wine.

I came up with this Quinoa “Mac” & Cheese last week when I was in Beaver Creek. It was a spontaneous creation & one that will become a staple…the styling is minimal ’cause I was on the road, but that’s ok, right?!

Quinoa "Mac" & Cheese | FamilyFreshCooking.com #glutenfree

Are you gluten free? Trying to cut back on the carbs? LOVE mac ‘n cheese? Great! This recipe will cover all those bases & then some.

Quinoa "Mac" & Cheese | FamilyFreshCooking.com #glutenfree

I kept things minimalist here. No toppings or mix-ins (you sure can add some if you wish.) You really don’t need ’em.

This is in it’s purist form so you get all that creamy, cheesy goodness. Nothing else to get in the way of cheese!

Quinoa "Mac" & Cheese | FamilyFreshCooking.com #glutenfree

Enjoy as a side dish or main course. I have mine with a fresh salad. Serve for July 4th!

While we are talkin’ quinoa here’s a few more recipes for you to dig into…

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken, Chickpeas & Bacon | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Quinoa Salad with Kale, Chicken Chickpeas & Bacon

Spicy Sriracha Chicken & Quinoa Bowl | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Spicy Sriracha Chicken & Quinoa Bowl

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

Citrus Quinoa Salad | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Citrus Quinoa Salad

Enjoy your Quinoa Mac ‘n Cheese!

Quinoa “Mac” & Cheese

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Quinoa “Mac” & Cheese


  • 1 cup Quinoa, cook according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) Mayonnaise
  • Garlic Salt & Black Pepper to taste


  • Cook quinoa & while it's still hot stir in cheese & mayonnaise. Season with garlic salt & pepper to taste. Feel free to experiment with your favorite cheeses & toppings in this recipe.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Naomi June 30, 2014 at 6:58 am

I’m always up for some Mac n Cheese, of course I’m loving this quinoa recipe!


2 Maria June 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Love using quinoa for mac and cheese!


3 Julie @ Table for Two June 30, 2014 at 8:17 am

Love that this is made with quinoa instead of the traditional pastas!!


4 Marla June 30, 2014 at 9:43 am

It’s a fun twist, kinda addictive I gotta admit. Thanks Julie!


5 Rosa June 30, 2014 at 8:49 am

A wonderful idea! So scrumptious and comforting.




6 Heather Christo June 30, 2014 at 9:01 am

What an awesome idea Marla- I love it!!


7 Marla June 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

Thanks Heather ~ perfect for the gluten free folks too! I know you are always in need of GF recipes :)


8 Matt Robinson June 30, 2014 at 9:19 am

This looks amazing, Marla!!


9 Marla June 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

Thank you Matt!


10 Karly June 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

Oh, that looks like cheesy perfection!


11 Marla June 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

Thanks so much Karly!


12 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

Quinoa is so hot right now and I love that you worked into in mac n cheese! So clever & pinned :)


13 Marla June 30, 2014 at 9:43 am

Thanks Averie! Seriously when if comes to quinoa I could live on the stuff. And berries of course 😉


14 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 30, 2014 at 11:14 am

So fun! This mac and cheese look delicious!


15 Marla June 30, 2014 at 11:29 am

Thanks so much Katrina!


16 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 30, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Love the quinoa in this, so good!


17 Jaclyn June 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

How I have I never tried this combo!? It looks amazing! I could dive into that cheesy perfection!


18 Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine June 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Yum! So tempting. I made millet for a salad the other day and was thinking how amazing it would be with cheese. I am going to try this recipe and sub millet for the quinoa!


19 zerrin July 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Love the idea! A great alternative to traditional mac and cheese. Having it with fresh salad sounds like a perfect lunch!


20 Shannon July 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I tried this last night. So good! I toasted my quinoa but it would be good any way you choose. Thanks for posting!


21 Kevin @ Closet Cooking July 20, 2014 at 7:29 am

Love cheesy quinoa and the use of mayo in this one!


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