Your pizza night is never going to be the same. Think of this quinoa pizza pie as pizza with a makeover. It has all the flavors of a vegetable pizza, but it’s transformed into a healthier package. Instead of being weighed down with a wheat crust, we have a pizza in the form of a quinoa pie.
This quinoa pizza pie uses less than half the amount of cheese of a traditional pizza, but there’s just enough to satisfy your craving for hot, melted cheese. The quinoa is cooked in pizza sauce, so it is infused with incredible pizza flavor. Garlic and fresh basil add to the tremendous flavors of this pie. Seriously, you have GOT to try this!
Each slice of this quinoa pizza pie delivers only 174 calories and boasts 8 grams of protein. Not bad for a vegetarian dish, eh? Turn your pizza night into a healthy dinner with no guilt!
Quinoa Pizza Pie
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 1 pie - 8 slices 1x
Pizza night just got a makeover! This quinoa pizza pie has the pizza flavor you love but is much healthier!
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well
- 1 (15 ounce) can pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small red bell pepper, diced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (packed), chopped*
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a pie pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine the quinoa, tomato sauce, and water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Once it is finished cooking, allow it to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil over medium low heat. Add the onion and red pepper and cook until softened, about 5-8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Turn off the heat.
- Add the eggs to a large bowl and beat them lightly. Add the cooked quinoa, pepper and onions, chopped basil, and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese and mix well. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pie pan and use the back of a spoon or a spatula to press the mixture flat into the pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese to the top of the pie. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Allow the pie to rest about 10 minutes before serving. (This helps the pie to set.) Enjoy!
*Optional: reserve 1-2 basil leaves before chopping and cut them into strips. Add this to the top of the pie after it bakes for added color.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Category: main meal
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 of 8 slices
- Calories: 151
- Sugar: 3.5g
- Sodium: 205mg
- Fat: 8g
- Carbohydrates: 12.6g
- Protein: 8g
Keywords: healthy pizza pie
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I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I made it tonight for my husband and my, very picky, 16 month old daughter. They both loved it. I added ground chicken, my daughter had no idea, she ate it right up. Thank you for the great recipe idea!
I’m so glad to hear everyone liked it! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂
I’m sure I would like this for my dinner tonight. The flavors are just so tasty. And it’s only 174 calories. Very wonderful!
can’t believe that this is only 174 cals per serving! looks to die for!
It tastes much more sinful than it is!
vera olver says
At last found recipes that make sense and easy to prepare. Thank you….hope to enjoy a lot of them. They are easy and not too complicated. What I was looking for. Thank You. VOlver
Thanks, Vera! I hope you do enjoy them!
Oh man, this dish just put my pizza hut cheese pizza I had last night for dinner to shame. It looks delicious!
I did love me some Pizza Hut back in the day. 😉
Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
omgnthis is so smart I’ve been craving
Pizza and love quinoa. I’ll be sharing this recipe and hope to make it soon thanks for sharing im so excited to try this!
Thanks for sharing–I hope you love this!!
Regina Neusbaum says
I made this today and it was sooooo yummy! Thank you for a great alternative to pizza!
You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know!
I would love to try this but don’t use eggs. Do you think flax ‘egg’ would work in this recipe? Or what would you suggest? I am a plant based eater. 🙂 Thank you!
I can’t say for sure since I haven’t tried it, but it could work. The pie may not hold together quite as well, but I bet it would still be yummy! Please let me know if you try it!
karen gerwin says
I definitely want to try this, but I hate bell peppers. I know I could just leave them out, but any replacement suggestions?
I think there are a number of vegetables that could work depending on your taste preferences. Maybe mushrooms or broccoli? Let me know if you give it a try!
karen gerwin says
Thanks, and yes, I am that much of a “slave-to-the-recipe” cook that I need someone else to suggest replacement veggies! BTW, I made your one pot coconut curry lentil bowl with chickpeas and kale after seeing it on BlogHer and it was a huge hit with the whole family. That one will be in heavy rotation from now on!
I’m glad you liked the curry dish–thanks for letting me know! Let me know if you try this one with a substitute veggie and how it turns out. 🙂
Alexis @ Hummusapien says
Love the new look AND love the look of this awesome recipe!
Linda @ The Fitty says
Oh you sure got me drooling! Friday night will never be the same again.
So true, Linda! 🙂
I have been trying to get more quinoa into my diet lately! I went through a phase where I was eating it a lot, and then I just stopped. This is first on my list! 🙂
This is definitely a tasty way to get quinoa into your diet!