Ratatouille Smoked Mozzarella Baked Quinoa

Ratatouille Smoked Mozzarella Baked Quinoa is traditional ratatouille tossed with cooked quinoa and grated smoked mozzarella and baked until golden and bubbly.  This is a rustic, hearty vegetarian main dish that’s sure to satisfy, and it’s gluten free, too.

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Ratatouille is SO much more than a kid’s movie, and my love for it runs deep.  I was first introduced to it in Paris, and I fell hard for it.  I would eat it here and there at French restaurants back at home, but had never made it myself until we made it at cooking school last year, and I posted this Ratatouille recipe not long afterward.  If you’re not familiar with it, let me break it down for you.  It’s a rustic French peasant dish that’s a vegetable lover’s delight.  It’s loaded with eggplant, zucchini, red and yellow bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, capers, and red wine.  It’s simmered long and slow with thyme, and fresh basil is added at the end.  Are your taste buds tantalized yet?

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Quinoa is definitely one of my favorite grains for it’s health benefits, and it’s so satisfying.  I enjoy my Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Quinoa for breakfast, and I also love it in savory dishes like my Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad and Quinoa Enchilada Stuffed Peppers.  I loved the enchilada stuffed peppers so much, because cheesy quinoa is where it’s at.  I was so excited at the thought of ratatouille mixed with quinoa and grated smoked mozzarella, and I’m here to report that it lived up to the hype that I’d generated in my head.  The simple things in life excite me I tell ya. 🙂

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This quinoa is not saucy but it’s deliciously cheesy, moist and flavorful.  If you like things saucier, you could certainly add less quinoa.  There are plenty of veggies, so there will be no drying out here.  If you like things really cheesy, you can always add more smoked mozzarella, too.  I’m sure this dish would be great with any number of cheeses, but the smokiness of the mozzarella pairs so well with the eggplant, tomatoes, etc.  You just gotta taste it to understand.

If you’ve never tried ratatouille, I sure hope you do.  It’s such a comforting dish that you’ll feel good about eating.  With the quinoa and cheese, this a hearty vegetarian main dish that’s guaranteed to keep you satisfied.  Healthy, hearty, and delicious…check, check, and check.  Dinner is served. 🙂

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Ratatouille Smoked Mozzarella Baked Quinoa
 
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Ratatouille Smoked Mozzarella Baked Quinoa is a cheesy, satisfying spin on classic ratatouille, and it's gluten free, too!
Serves: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 batch of Ratatouille.
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked according to package instructions
  • 1½ cups grated smoked mozzarella cheese, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Add the quinoa and 1 cup of the cheese to the ratatouille and stir gently to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and top with the remaining ½ cup of cheese. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
Total time above includes 15 minutes prep and 1 hour cook time for the ratatouille. The ratatouille can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to make the baked quinoa.

Ratatouille recipe slightly adapted from Tante Marie Cooking School, San Francisco, CA.

Baked quinoa recipe by Flavor the Moments.