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Roasted Tomato Quinotto


Yep, I totally just made up a word: quinotto. It’s what happens when you are 20 minutes into a risotto recipe and realize that you only have 3/4 cup arborio rice instead of the 1 1/2 cups the recipe actually calls for. And instead of just giving up, you listen to your dear husband and substitute the difference for quinoa.


Strangely, it worked. It still had the iconic creaminess that a standard risotto does; the texture was just a bit different. And it turned out similar to another risotto I have made but more flavorful, thanks to some fresh basil.

Roasted Tomato Quinotto

3 Tbsp Olive oil, divided 
1 Tbsp butter
1 C Chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 C arborio rice
3/4 C quinoa
1 C Dry white wine
4 C Chicken broth
3 chicken sausage links 
1 Pint cherry tomatoes, tossed with enough olive oil to coat
1/2 C shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 C Freshly chopped basil
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat over to 425*. Place halved tomatoes on a cookie sheet and toss with 1 T olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes, skins of tomatoes should be wrinkly.

In a large pan, heat 1 T oil over medium heat. Sauté chicken sausage until crispy brown. Remove from pan.

Add butter and 1 T olive oil to pan. When melted, stir in onion and sauté until translucent. Stir in garlic for one minute.

Add rice and quinoa and stir continuously for a few minutes then add wine. Stir until wine is mostly absorbed then add broth in 1/2 cup increments, stirring gently, until completely absorbed.

Add roasted tomatoes, basil and chicken sausage to pan and heat through.

Remove pan from heat, stir in parmesan and serve.

9 Responses

  1. That totally sounds like something I would do, start a recipe then not realize that I don’t have enough of one ingredient or something. It looks really great, I bet it’s even better with the quinoa!

  2. YUM! That actually sounds delicious – I full heartedly approve of the substitution!

  3. I totally think of you every time I think about making a risotto. Which I never actually end up doing due to the time factor and the fact that I don’t think Mitch would be happy with a starch-based dish, boo to that!

  4. I love this! Its the best of both worlds- creamy risotto and the health benefits of quinoa. The roasted tomatoes in there sound delish too!

  5. That looks delicious, I love quinoa so I can totally imagine it working. Looks like it’s gluten-free too! Gotta make it!

  6. risotto and quinoa? love them both and love this idea! thanks

  7. I love made up words, especially when it is in regards to something as fabulous as this!

  8. Looks great! but actually the word Quinotto has existed for a long time in latin america, you can even order one in many fancy restaurants

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