Roasted Tomato Quinoa with Basil Pesto


Tenina Holder

Posted September 17, 2019 (Last updated January 12, 2022)



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When is risotto not a risotto? When it's a quinoa risotto! Grain free though there is nothing I don't like about rice risotto this is pretty delicious!


  • Red onion icon
    Red onion1halved
  • Sundried tomato icon
    Sundried tomato50 gdrained
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheeseas neededgrated
  • Cherry tomatoes icon
    Cherry tomatoes500 g
  • Extra virgin olive oil icon
    Extra virgin olive oilas needed
  • Balsamic vinegar icon
    Balsamic vinegaras needed
  • Coconut sugar icon
    Coconut sugar1 teaspoon
  • Pink himalayan salt flakes icon
    Pink himalayan salt flakesas needed
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove4
  • Extra virgin olive oil icon
    Extra virgin olive oil40 g
  • Quinoa icon
    Quinoa350 grinsed, drained
  • White wine icon
    White wine100 g
  • Chicken stock icon
    Chicken stock700 g
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter50 g
  • Pesto icon
    Pesto300 g
  • Fresh basil leaves icon
    Fresh basil leavesas needed

  • 1. Pre-heat oven - 200°C
  • 2. Line a clean baking pan with parchment paper
  • 3. Place cherry tomatoes on the baking pan
  • 4. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • 5. Sprinkle with coconut sugar and pink Himalayan salt flakes
  • 6. Roast - 15 min, 200°C
  • 7. Add red onion, garlic clove and extra virgin olive oil to the TM5 bowl
  • 8. Chop for 3 sec, speed 5
  • 9. Sauté for 5 min, Varoma, speed 1
  • 10. Then add quinoa and white wine to the TM5 bowl
  • 11. Cook for 5 min, Varoma, speed 1
  • 12. Then add chicken stock and sundried tomato to the TM5 bowl
  • 13. Cook for 16 min, 100°C, reverse speed 1
  • 14. Then add unsalted butter to the TM5 bowl
  • 15. Allow it to melt inside the Thermomix bowl while the risotto rests
  • 16. Place a good smear of pesto into each serving bowl
  • 17. Pour the risotto on top
  • 18. Garnish with the roasted tomatoes, basil leaves and a veritable blanket of parmesan
  • 19. Serve immediately

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