cheesy sausage broccoli and quinoa casserole

cheesy sausage broccoli and quinoa casserole
cheesy sausage broccoli and quinoa casserole

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TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

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

Directions

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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