Quinoa Pasta Bake

Since quinoa is a complete protein, you can omit all the meat from this recipe if you choose and it will still be great. I do like my organic beef and chicken sausage in the sauce for incredible depth of flavor. This recipe is gluten-free as long as you use quinoa pasta. PS You can also add sauteed mushrooms in place of or in addition to the meat.
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Quinoa Pasta Bake

Yield: 8-10 servings

COOK: 1 lb. quinoa rotelli pasta. Drain and set aside
1 lb. grass fed ground beef
1-medium yellow onion diced
3 cloves of garlic minced
3 chicken Italian sausages sliced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1-6 oz. can tomato paste
1 cup tomato nirvana (Boomer recipe) or moist sun dried tomatoes
1 cup red wine
1 cup shredded parmesan or asiago
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons salt or to taste
And cracked black pepper to taste

Brown beef, onions, garlic, sausage in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients minus the cheeses to make a sauce. Stir into cooked rotelli pasta and mix in cheeses. Bake in a greased casserole pan 15 minutes at 350◦. Serving suggestion: Serve with kale salad (pictured).

©2015 Aron Bradley


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