Simple Weeknight Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Bake

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Spoon scooping Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Bake with potato chips on top. It's a comfy cozy casserole that's perfect to make ahead for a simple weeknight side or main dish.

I love casseroles.  And one of my favorite combos is broccoli and cheese.  Usually, it’s made with rice, but today I have a healthier version that’s made with Quinoa!  Get ready for a comfy and cozy Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Bake that’s a simple side or main dish any weeknight!

This recipe comes together easily and gives the most amazing flavor.  The quinoa is hearty, creamy, and flavorful, but also super healthy, loaded with fiber and protein! The broccoli brings color, vitamins, and texture. The cheese, well, it’s creamy and delicious! You can make this casserole entirely ahead and reheat any busy night! It’s a balanced meal on it’s own, but you can add chicken, meatballs, or any other easy meat that your family loves.

Quinoa!  

Quinoa is a great side on it’s own or ingredient to bulk up other foods, such as stuffings.  It can replace pasta or rice in most recipes and adds more protein and fiber.

It’s actually a seed, not a grain, but the texture is similar to a grain or even a couscous, but a little more fluffy.  It has a mild, slightly nutty taste, but it’s mild, so it really absorbs any flavors you mix with it. 

But the really magic of quinoa is in the health benefits!  1 cup of cooked quinoa has 8g of complete protein and 5g of fiber.  It also has Iron, Manganese, Lysine, and magnesium!  

Combining quinoa with veggies gives you a complete balanced meal with vitamins, fiber, protein, and other nutrients.

Try these other easy and delicious Quinoa Recipes!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a medium pot with fitted lid for the quinoa, a medium pot for the sauce, and a large (5-6 quart) casserole dish.

Oh, and mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR BROCCOLI CHEESE QUINOA BAKE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

This recipe starts with pre-cooking your quinoa.  I do this because it makes the baking part foolproof!  You will never have to worry if the quinoa is cooked fully in the oven because it was pretty much there when you added it.  One of the benefits of quinoa is that it can absorb a lot and maintains it’s integrity. 

Cooked quinoa in pot.

While the quinoa cooks, you can prep the rest of the ingredients…cut off the broccoli florets (if not already done) and mince the garlic.

Ok, and here comes the somewhat strange ingredients.  By the way, this is totally optional, but adds really fun delicious flavor.  

POTATO CHIPS!!  

My Mom used to put crushed potato chips on top of casseroles and I just felt the urge to add it to this one.  So, just toss some chips in a baggie and crush away to get them to small pieces.  Or, leave them out if you want.  They are not needed, so it’s your choice.

COOK YOUR BROCCOLI CHEESE QUINOA BAKE 

Cooking for this recipe starts on the stove and then moves to the oven.  

On the stove, in a medium to large pot, add the vegetable broth and minced garlic. Bring to a simmer on Medium-High heat. While it is heating, make your slurry by mixing the cornstarch into cold milk.  When the broth is simmering, whisk in the milk slurry.  Continue to whisk as it starts to thicken so no clumps form on the bottom.

Garlic and Broth in pot for Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Bake It's a comfy cozy casserole that's perfect to make ahead for a simple weeknight side or main dish.  Cornstarch and Milk slurry in measuring cup for Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Bake It's a comfy cozy casserole that's perfect to make ahead for a simple weeknight side or main dish.

Pouring milk slurry into pot for Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Bake It's a comfy cozy casserole that's perfect to make ahead for a simple weeknight side or main dish.

Once thickened, whisk in the shredded cheese. Stir until melted and smooth. Then turn off the heat. 

To a casserole dish, Add the broccoli florets, cooked quinoa, cheese sauce, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir to completely combine. Place in the preheated oven on center rack and bake for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, add the crushed potato chips to the top of the casserole and place back in the oven for the final 5 minutes. The remove and let rest for at least 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Bake in a bowl with potato chips on top. It's a comfy cozy casserole that's perfect to make ahead for a simple weeknight side or main dish.

Simple Weeknight Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Bake

This Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Bake is a comfy cozy casserole that's perfect to make ahead for a simple weeknight side or main dish. The quinoa is hearty, creamy, and flavorful, but also super healthy, loaded with fiber and protein! The broccoli brings color, vitamins, and texture. The cheese, well, it's creamy and delicious! You can make this casserole entirely ahead and reheat any busy night! It's a balanced meal on it's own, but you can add chicken, meatballs, or any other easy meat that your family loves. #casseroles #broccolirecipes #vegetarian #meatlessmeals #broccolicheesebake

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli, casserole, cheese, quinoa
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Quinoa, uncooked
  • 4 cups Broccoli florets
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 4 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Optional Topping: Crushed potato chips

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Pre-Cook Quinoa. Start by rinsing the quinoa thoroughly in a strainer, then adding it to 4 cups water in a medium pot with a fitted lid. Bring the water to a simmer, then turn it down to the lowest setting and cover tightly. Cook on lowest heat covered for 15 minutes. While the quinoa cooks, continue to prep.

  2. Cut off the broccoli florets if not already done for you. Mince the garlic. Place potato chips in a baggie and lightly crush to break them up into small pieces.

Cook

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.

  2. To a Medium-Large pot, add the vegetable broth and minced garlic. Bring to a simmer on Medium-High heat. While it is heating, make your slurry by mixing the cornstarch into cold milk.

  3. When the broth is simmering, whisk in the milk slurry. Continue to whisk as it starts to thicken so no clumps form on the bottom.

  4. Once thickened, whisk in the shredded cheese. Stir until melted and smooth. Then turn off the heat.

  5. To a 10" x 10" or similar size casserole dish, Add the broccoli florets, cooked quinoa, cheese sauce, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir to completely combine. Place in the preheated oven on center rack and bake for 15 minutes.

  6. After 15 minutes, add the crushed potato chips to the top of the casserole and place back in the oven for the final 5 minutes. The remove and let rest for at least 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo & Potatoes

This post is sponsored by Pete & Gerry’s Eggs. All opinions are my own. 

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Slow Cooker Egg Casserole in slow cooker. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

…As visions of a Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo and Potatoes danced in their heads.  Yes, friends, welcome to the recipe that dreams are made of.  This is the breakfast that will cook while you sleep!  You happily wake up to the amazing aromas of chorizo sausage, cheese, potatoes, and eggs.  This is my Slow Cooker Egg Casserole.

This crockpot of love, is inspired by my Mom’s breakfast casseroles and the love my husband and I have for Chorizo (See my recent Chorizo Patatas Bravas recipe!).   It has salty and slightly spicy chorizo, hearty and savory hash browns, and creamy, nutty cheddar and manchego cheeses.  All of this goodness sets up in a fluffy egg mixture for the perfect crowd-pleasing, help-yourself breakfast.

The Best Part?  IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP!!! 

I thought my love for my slow cooker was strong before.  But now that I know it can cook eggs while I sleep!?  Well, let’s just say I feel sorry for the person that tries to come between me and my slow cooker!  I mean, what could be better when your house is full of family and friends for the holidays, than to wake up to the smell of a cooked breakfast casserole?  This Slow Cooker Chorizo & Potato Egg Casserole is the stuff that dreams are made of – literally! 

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with Pete & Gerry's Eggs in background.  It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses.  IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

The Next Best Part?  Delicious High Quality Eggs!

If you’re gonna make a recipe that’s almost entirely eggs, then you have to use high quality eggs.  I love Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs.  They are always free from pesticides, added hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs.  And all Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs come from small family farms that are dedicated to humane animal treatment, safety, and environmental sustainability.  I can find them right at my local grocery store chains, too!  I don’t have to go searching high and low to find them.

Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with Pete & Gerry's Eggs Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Here are some more delicious egg recipes to try!

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with scallions. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

I made this recipe in a slow cooker. However, you could also make it in an oven-safe casserole dish in the oven.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR SLOW COOKER EGG CASSEROLE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you can prep the Chorizo, Scallions, and Cheese in advance. 

Chorizo comes in a few different variations. You will find fully cooked sausage, raw sausage, and dry-cured. For this recipe, you will not want dry-cured. You can get either the fully cooked or raw sausage, both of which will likely have a casing that you will want to remove. I used a fully cooked chorizo.  If you get the raw chorizo, you will want to cook it in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker.

Prep the chorizo by removing the outer casing.  Then rough chop the chorizo up into small pieces, somewhere between the size of a pea and a grape.   This size will evenly distribute throughout the entire casserole.  Store sealed in the fridge until ready to cook.

Peeling casing from Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Chopped Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Slice the scallions. Shred the cheeses. 

COOK YOUR SLOW COOKER EGG CASSEROLE 

Let’s get cooking!  Again, for this recipe and any recipe where eggs are the hero, I use high quality eggs.  I love Pete and Gerry’s for this one.  Crack 12 eggs into a large bowl. Add most of the scallions, saving some of the greens for garnish. Add salt and pepper, then add 1 cup of milk and beat until mixed.

12 eggs in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Pouring milk into eggs with scallions in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Beaten eggs with scallions in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

To the slow cooker pot, add the frozen hash browns, salt, pepper, and the chorizo. Mix together.

Raw hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Add the shredded cheeses and mix together. Then pour over the egg mixture and lightly stir, just so the eggs seep into all the potatoes.

Shredded cheddar, hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Shredded manchego, cheddar, hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Pouring raw eggs over hash browns, cheese, chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Raw eggs, hash browns, cheese, chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Set the Slow Cooker to 6 hours, low. Do this right before the last person turns into bed for the night, so that you wake up to this wonderful breakfast. After 6 hours, the slow cooker will go to warm mode so that it won’t overcook, but stay warm until you are ready to eat!

The easiest way to slice and serve is to remove the slow cooker pot and place a plate/platter over top. Then invert the pot so the casserole slides right out onto the plate. You can flip it over if you like so the ‘pretty’ side is up or just cut and serve.

Slow Cooker inverted to get Egg Casserole out. Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on platter. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Garnish with the remaining scallion slices.  ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with scallions. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Slow Cooker Chorizo and Potato Egg Casserole

This Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo Sausage and Potatoes is so incredibly satisfying and delicious with so many layers of flavor.  The best part is that it COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP!  So you wake up to the beautiful aromas of salty and slightly spicy chorizo sausage, hearty and savory hash browns, and creamy, nutty cheddar and manchego cheeses.  All of this goodness sets up in a fluffy egg mixture for the perfect crowd-pleasing, help-yourself breakfast. #eggs #breakfast #brunch #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Spanish
Keyword chorizo, egg casserole, eggs, hash browns, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 10 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Hash Browns
  • 12 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 3 links Chorizo
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 6 oz Manchego Cheese, shredded
  • 3 Scallions
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Prep the chorizo by removing the outer casing.

    Peeling casing from Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes
  2. Then rough chop the chorizo up into small pieces, somewhere between the size of a pea and a grape. Store sealed in the fridge until ready to cook.

    Chopped Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes
  3. Slice the scallions. Shred the cheeses.

Cook your Egg Casserole

  1. Crack 12 eggs into a large bowl. Add most of the scallions, saving some of the greens for garnish. Add salt and pepper, then add 1 cup of milk and beat until mixed.

    Pouring milk into eggs with scallions in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  2. To the slow cooker pot, add the frozen hash browns, salt, pepper, and the chorizo. Mix together.

    Raw hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  3. Add the shredded cheeses and mix together. Then pour over the egg mixture and lightly stir, just so the eggs seep into all the potatoes.

    Pouring raw eggs over hash browns, cheese, chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  4. Set the Slow Cooker to 6 hours, low. Do this right before the last person turns into bed for the night, so that you wake up to this wonderful breakfast. After 6 hours, the slow cooker will go to warm mode so that it won't overcook, but stay warm until you are ready to eat!

  5. The easiest way to slice and serve is to remove the slow cooker pot and place a plate/platter over top. Then invert the pot so the casserole slides right out onto the plate. You can flip it over if you like so the 'pretty' side is up or just cut and serve. Garnish with the remaining scallion slices and Enjoy!