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cheesy sausage broccoli and quinoa casserole

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 TBSP olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup shopped carrot
  • 4 (40z) links sweet chicken Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 6 cups chopped fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme divided
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat panko
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

Details

Preparation

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Bring 2 1/2 cups water and quinoa to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduceheat; cover and simmer 12 to 14 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove pan from heat; let stand 5 minutes.

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, carrot, and sausage; cook 7 minutes, stirring to crumble sausage. Remove sausage mixture to a bowl with a slotted spoon.

Add flour, butter, and garlic to drippings in pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add milk and stock; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly, with a whisk. Reduce heat to medium; stir in broccoli, 2 teaspoons thyme, 3/8 teaspoon salt, 3/8 teaspoon black pepper, and red pepper. Cover and cook 2 minutes. Stir in quinoa and sausage mixture.

Coat 2 (8inch) square ceramic baking dishes with cooking spray. Divide quinoa mixture between dishes. Combine remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and panko in a bowl, add remaining 1 teaspoon thyme, remaining 1/8 teaspoon sal , remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and cheddar. Sprinkle cheese mixture evenly over casseroles. Bake at 400 for 18 minutes or until browned, or follow freezing instruction.

Freeze: Cool unbaked casseroles completely; cover lightly with aluminum foil.. Freeze up to 2 months.

Thaw: Remove foil. Microwave at HIGH 20 minutes or until thawed.

Reheat: cover with foil and bake t 375 forr 25 minutes; then broil 5 minutes or until golden brown.

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