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Tuscan Toasted Red Quinoa Pilaf

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 8 cups

Servings: 6 to 8

A colorful accompaniment for chicken or fish, this Tuscan pilaf is also delicious enough to stand on its own as a meatless main dish. Toasting quinoa brings out its nutty flavor.


  • 2 cups red quinoa
  • 4 cups lower-salt chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 medium lemon, finely grated to yield 1 tsp. zest and squeezed to yield 2 Tbs. juice
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 290
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 90
  • Fat (g): 11
  • Saturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 200
  • Carbohydrates (g): 41
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 10


  • Rinse the quinoa under cold water and drain.
  • Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Put the quinoa in the pan, swirling it around with a whisk, and cook, whisking, until the quinoa is dry, has a nutty aroma, and looks a few shades darker, about 8 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a plate to cool slightly. Wipe out the skillet.
  • In a 3-quart pot, bring the broth to a boil, add the quinoa and simmer, covered, over low heat until the broth is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until golden and browned on the edges, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the lemon zest, juice, olive oil, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Add the quinoa, onion mixture, and tomatoes and toss to distribute evenly. Just before serving stir in the basil. serve hot or at room temperature.


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Reviews (8 reviews)

  • Abby_Gardner | 02/11/2017

    This was my first time to try quinoa, and this recipe was delicious! Easy to prepare and good flavor. I will definitely make this again.

  • Dorrybea | 07/14/2015

    Delicious, easy recipe. I add feta cheese and chopped chives along with the basil. Chopped dill would be great as well.

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