Simple Quinoa in Marinara Sauce

Quinoa in marinara with fresh Parmesan cheese

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
181 Calories
5g Fat
27g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 181
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 506mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 453mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Looking for a way to prepare quinoa? It doesn't get much simpler than this quinoa in marinara or spaghetti sauce recipe. It's vegetarian, quick and simple. It's not fancy, but if you just want a way to enjoy some quinoa, or if you're new to cooking quinoa, this is a good one to try, since the Italian spaghetti sauce flavors are so familiar. Omit the Parmesan cheese and use a bit of nutritional yeast if you want to make it vegan and dairy-free.

If you're eating gluten-free, double-check the ingredients if you're using jarred spaghetti sauce​ because the other ingredients are wheat- and gluten-free. Enjoy!


  • 1 cup quinoa (prepared according to package instructions)

  • 2/3 cup marinara sauce

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated or shaved Parmesan cheese, or to taste

  • Frozen mixed veggies, thawed, optional

  • Salt, to taste, optional

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste, optional

  • Fresh basil, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Warm prepared quinoa stovetop or in a microwave with marinara sauce until well heated. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese.

  2. If you'd like, stir in some thawed frozen veggies, top it off with a bit of salt and pepper, or some fresh Italian herbs, such as basil.