Simple Quinoa in Marinara Sauce

Quinoa in marinara with fresh Parmesan cheese

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 portions (2 servings)

Looking for a way to prepare quinoa? It doesn't get much simpler than this quinoa in marinara or spaghetti sauce recipe. Vegetarian, healthy, quick and simple. It's not fancy, but if you just want a quick and easy 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 (any kind)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh grated or shaved Parmesan cheese (or to taste)
  • Optional: frozen-thawed veggies, salt and pepper (fresh snipped basil)

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.