This spinach artichoke quinoa casserole is veggie filled, easy to make, and perfectly creamy! It takes the classic flavors of spinach artichoke dip and makes it into dinner. Make it tonight for dinner or for an easy meal prep recipe all week!
Spinach Artichoke Dip or Casserole?
Do you love a warm and cheesy spinach casserole dip? So do we! We have this delicious baked spinach artichoke dip that we just love! We took the spinach artichoke combination and took it up a notch and made a delicious spinach artichoke casserole.
All we did was add some extra vegetables and quinoa (because we love quinoa recipes on FFF) and it morphed an average healthy appetizer into a delicious healthy dinner! We are obsessed!
Everything You Need
The beauty of this recipe is that you throw all of your ingredients in a greased casserole dish, cover it with a delicious sauce, and bake! Here is what you need.
- White onion
- Cream cheese
- Garlic powder
It’s All About the Cheese Sauce
What makes this quinoa casserole creamy? The cheese sauce of course! It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to make, too!
Sometimes you thicken sauces with corn starch or a roux, but this casserole is thickened with a cheese sauce and the starch from the potatoes.
All you have to do is blend the broth, cream cheese, and milk together in a blender and then pour it over all of the ingredients in the casserole dish! As the casserole bakes, the starch from the potatoes and the cheese sauce will thicken to deliciousness!
You have to stir this casserole halfway through it’s bake time, if you want your casserole a bit saucier, feel free to add a little extra broth to the casserole at this time!
Tips + Tricks for the Perfect Quinoa Casserole
Spray the Dish
Before putting any of the ingredients in the casserole dish, make sure you spray the dish! Why? Because sometimes the cheese and quinoa can get a bit sticky and make for hard clean up!
The liquid to quinoa ratio is usually 1:3.5. In this recipe we use 1 1/2 cups quinoa and 4 1/2 cups liquid (broth and milk). However, you can always add more liquid to your casserole if you want it a bit saucier!
Cover the Casserole
Covering the casserole with aluminum foil or a casserole cover is very important. It traps the heat in the casserole dish and allows the quinoa to cook perfectly! We remove the cover from the casserole dish at 30 minutes.
Let it Sit
When you remove the casserole from the oven it is very important that you let it rest for at least 10 minutes. It gives the access liquid time to set up in the casserole dish. So, if your casserole seems too watery, give it some time to sit and that will change!
- 1.5 cups uncooked white quinoa
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large russet potato, diced into small cubes
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced
- 2 15-oz. cans artichoke hearts, diced
- 5 oz. fresh spinach
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 1/4 cup 2% Greek yogurt
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- First, preheat oven to 375ºF and spray a large casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Next, add quinoa, garlic, potato, onion, chopped artichoke hearts, and spinach to the bottom of your casserole dish and mix.
- Place milk, cream cheese, Greek yogurt, vegetable broth, and spices into a high-speed blender and blend on high until everything is mixed together.
- Pour sauce on top of veggies and then mix, making sure everything is submerged.
- Cover casserole dish with a piece of tin foil and then bake at 375ºF for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and mix. Cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until you can easily pierce your potatoes with a fork and the quinoa has sprouted.
- Remove from oven, top with cheese and place back into the oven, uncovered, for another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
Serving Size: 1/8 Calories: 284 Sugar: 5 Fat: 9 Carbohydrates: 36 Fiber: 6 Protein: 19
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: CasseroleMethod: OvenCuisine: AmericanDiet: Gluten Free
Linley is a 5′ nothing spitball of positive energy who joined Team Fit Foodie in the Spring of 2014. Linley has worked on the digital side of small businesses and nonprofits since 2011, where she specialized in social media community management. Lin has a passion for food and an incredible palate. She is FFF’s chief recipe developer, so you can thank her for these incredible recipes!