Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels.
Someone please try saying that five times fast. I dare you.
I think you’ll give yourself a good laugh, and on Thursday everyone needs a good laugh don’t cha think?
You see, my crazy, insane titles (I actually took the word casserole out) are meant to make people smile. It’s secretly my purpose behind them all… or I wish them to be. In reality, I just don’t like leaving a single thing out, but we have talked about this before. No need to be repetitive.
So you guys, I have this little confession that’s really not all that big of a secret.
I am the worst when it comes to spelling and grammar. Combine that with typing fast and wow, you have a whole lot of sentences that make no sense at all. And then you have a few sentences that totally just make you laugh (i.e the inappropriate ones). The only reason I am thinking of this right now is because I just read a sentence I wrote, only it wasn’t me talking, it was hillbilly Tieghan, and it pretty much made no sense at all. Then I just re-read this post and had to add this, at the end of this post I called you guys “scourges” (definition – a person or thing that causes great trouble or suffering), but meant Scrooges, not really a whole lot better, but none of my readers are scourges! I just have to put this out there, if I have ever said something that makes no sense at all or responded to an email, comment or other form of messaging that makes no sense at all, I am SO sorry and please just tell me right up that you have no idea what I am saying and I will try to correct it.
I try, I really do. Grammar, pronunciation and spelling are just not my thing.
How on earth these blog posts go up everyday and somehow make any amount of sense, I really do not know. Or well, I do, they get proofread… and then proofread again, and then there are still mistakes. So I proof once more and then I have other people proofread too. It is a lot of proofing, and then sometimes wondering what the heck I was actually trying to say. Basically, it’s just a process.
I have a feeling I can’t be alone in this though. I mean, I am not, right? Right?
And now we can talk about this Italian Quinoa Risotto Lasagna? Die hard Italian’s, don’t hate me, but I swapped the pasta for quinoa. And while you know that I absolutely whole heartedly love my pasta, this is a pretty delicious switch up. Kind of healthier too, but still totally cheesy because I clearly have a cheese problem.
And um, hello? Quinoa risotto? It’s so a thing and it’s so good. I mean, it’s not really as starchy and creamy as traditional risotto, BUT it’s still full of wine and cheese, and that’s just delish.
So basically this is a traditional lasagna, but made slightly healthier with quinoa. It may seem kind of boring, but honestly it’s really good. So good that I have made it three times this month. After the third time I figured I should probably take some pictures and tell you guys about it. At first I was just thinking it was one of those dishes that I threw together on a busy night and you guys would never hear about it, but then it turned out so good that I changed my mind.
I think one of the reasons I have been making this so much is because one, it’s pretty quick and easy (yeah for no layering!) and uses ingredients I always have on hand. It’s a pantry staple meal. Two, everyone will eat it. YES. The boys didn’t even notice they were eating quinoa (while, one asked what the balls were, but he kept eating even after I told him) and when that happens you know a dish is a real WINNER.
One of my secrets to making a quicker cooking sauce is to use spicy italian chicken sausage. I think it adds so much more flavor than the traditional ground beef. It takes a quicker cooking sauce to a whole new level. Trust me on this one, you have to try it.
The rest is all pretty simple. The quinoa risotto is not like typical risotto where you sit at the stove for 45 minutes and stir. No this is actually pretty easy and you really only end up stirring a total of maybe ten minutes. Plus, there is truffle oil involved. It kind of fancies up this casserole a bit and adds such a rich flavor. It’s a flavor that makes you think, “what is that”, but in a good way. I know it’s a pricy oil, but a little goes such a long way.
It’s so worth it if you ask me.
Also, can I mention that is the perfect dish to entertain with? Believe it or not, we are entering our last week of October on Monday and that means the busy holiday season is so close. So, so, so close. It’s exciting, nerve-racking and scary all at the same time if you ask me. With everything being so busy right now, I am trying extra hard to be thinking and planning ahead. I used to be so good at this, but then this blog happened, things got busy and I lost that trait that I loved so much. Well, I am kind of determined to get it back, and that starts with thinking ahead to the holidays… which I really love doing because I am holiday obsessed. Sorry, but not really.
I know, the Scrooges out there are not going to like me discussing a potential Christmas recipe in October (late October – c’mon), but in two-week weeks you’ll love me, because this is going to be your new go to when unexpected family, friends or whoever show up. This will save you. I am sure of it.
AND if you are not a meat eater or your guests do not eat meat, create a vegetarian sauce. Just swap the sausage for a mix of veggies. I would do butternut squash, mushrooms, peppers and carrots. Then maybe add in some beans or lentils for some nice texture + protein. Adaptable for everybody. Gotta love that.
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And the cheese. Gotta love that too. Maybe extra love that.
What do you mean by “1 ounce can crushed tomatoes 28”? Are you saying 28 ounces for this recipe?
I can’t wait to try this. I recently discovered you on Pinterest!
Sorry I meant 1-28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Made this on a Monday, and after 2 full dinners, and leftover lunches for days, I must add my feedback! The flavors meld together, and I thought that it tasted better the second day! We made a few subs based on what we had easily available, so used rainbow bell peppers (frozen from Trader Joe’s), and added in 4 crumbled links of Beyond Meat Chipotle sausages to give it some spice. To die for. This is a very dense lasagna, so a little will fill you up, in a good way! THANK YOU for this amazing recipe! Tawnya
Hi Tawnya! Thank you so much for trying this recipe! I am so glad it turned out amazing for you and lasted for a few meals! xTieghan
This looks awesome! What brand of truffle oil do you recommend? Obsessed with your page
Hi there! I typically use HunterTruffle oil. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
Hi! Can this be made with arborio/risotto instead of quinoa? Would you recommend cooking only until al dente to avoid it getting soggy as it bakes with the sauce? Sounds delicious!
Yes, rice will work great and I would cook as directed. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
My family and I loved this. Goes along way and so delicious. It wasn’t even that time consuming. Have you tried freezing it? We have leftovers and I don’t want to waste it. I loved your thoughts and words on grammar. My fingers move so out of sync to what I a thinking.
Hey Julie!! So happy you and your family love this lasagna! it is a favorite of mine as well! I have never tried freezing this, but have frozen other quinoa dishes with great results. So I can’t say for sure, but I do think freezing it would be great. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks so much!!
Omg!!!! This was your best quinoa recipe yet. We already love the one with red peppers and the other with lentils. Love them all, but this one is even better. I don’t eat meat, I threw in mushrooms and red peppers and soy crumbles. I would like to experiment with grains – I would love to try your ideas with farro, freekeh, wheat berries? Thanks!
Hey Lori! So happy you LOVE this recipe, that is awesome!! I AM sure you can replace equal amounts of other grains in place of the quinoa. I also have some farro recipes coming up! 🙂 Thanks again!
Just saw your footnote! nevermind!!
Phenomenal! Can’t wait to make this. Any idea if it be prepped a bit beforehand and refrigerated then popped into the oven? Throwing a massive dinner party out of my tiny kitchen and try to do as much ahead of time as possible to limit cooking/prep at go-time (or during appetizer time, in my case). Thank you!
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What kind of red pepper?
Just a red bell pepper. Hope you love this!
Thanks! I’ll let you know how it turns out
I’m here via a Buzzfeed article – this was the only recipe I clicked through to, so that should tell you something about your awesome recipe and your photography skills. 🙂
I must ask: How on earth did you get the cheese on top to brown like that? I love love love when cheese browns like this, but I find it hard to get it to do it in the oven without the edges burning. I’d love it if you have any tips you’d like to share — I know this is an old post.
I’ll be browsing around your site to see what else I can see! 😀
THANK YOU!! 🙂
I believe I used the broiler a bit to get the cheese so brown! 🙂 It works great, but just watch it closely, it can go from perfect to burnt QUICK!!
omg, this looks amaze!! Also, could you tell me about those plates? They are everything.