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quinoa mac and cheese in a skillet

Broccoli & White Cheddar Quinoa Mac and Cheese

The best comfort food made a little more nutritious & gluten free! Try this quinoa mac and cheese with broccoli, a creamy white cheddar sauce & a cracker crust topping!
Course Dinner, Gluten Free, Healthy, Vegetarian
Keyword quinoa mac and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 313 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon butter or vegan butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oat flour OR gluten free all purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • For topping:
  • 10 buttery crackers, gluten free if desired (Ritz or a similar type of cracker is great)
  • 2 tablespoons grated vegetarian parmesan cheese
  • Serve with: Hot sauce, Ketchup, Soy sauce, Red pepper flakes -- whatever you like!


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add water and quinoa to a large pot and place over high heat. Once water begins to boil, cover, reduce heat to low. 

  2. After 5 minutes, add broccoli to the pot, recover and cook on low for 10 more minutes. Once done, quinoa should be fluffy and broccoli al dente. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large cast iron skillet (or you can use a nonstick skillet), melt the butter over medium heat. Add in garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant. 
  4. Add the flour and cook for 30 seconds or until a paste forms. Slowly add in the Almondmilk, whisking away any lumps. Increase heat and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring every so often, until the sauce thickens up similar to a gravy.
  5. After sauce thickens, reduce heat to low and stir in white cheddar cheese until sauce is creamy. 
  6. Add in onion powder, then salt and pepper to taste. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Turn off heat. 
  7. Very gently fold in the quinoa/broccoli mixture. If you want you can bake it in the cast iron skillet (if large enough) OR transfer to a greased large casserole dish.
  8. Gently crumble the crackers over the mac and cheese, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Season with more black pepper. 
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until mixture is bubbling around the edges and topping turns slightly golden brown. Serves 8.

Recipe Notes

If you want to leave out the cracker/parmesan topping, the nutrition is as follows for 1/8th of recipe: Calories: 292 | Fat: 13.5g | Saturated Fat: 6.1g | Carbs: 30.2g | Fiber 4.6g | Sugar: 1.6g | Protein: 12.2g

Want to scale down the recipe to serve less? Simply divide all the ingredients by half, then follow directions as is. Recipe will serve 4.

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli & White Cheddar Quinoa Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.6g22%
Saturated Fat 6.3g39%
Carbohydrates 32.4g11%
Fiber 4.6g19%
Sugar 1.9g2%
Protein 12.7g25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.