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2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup pasta sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/3 cup half and half
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan
1 cup shredded mozzarella, divided (I used reduced-fat, and this still tasted great)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2-1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise (leave a few intact to top the casserole with)
6 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced into ribbons, plus extra for garnish


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a small baking dish with non-stick spray, and set aside.

Combine the pasta sauce and tomato paste in a saucepan over low heat, and cook until warm. Add in the half and half, parmesan, half the mozzarella, and seasonings, and stir to combine. Remove from heat, and mix in the halved tomatoes, sliced basil leaves, and cooked quinoa.

Pour the quinoa mixture into the prepared baking dish, top with the remaining mozzarella and the intact grape tomatoes. Bake for 10-15 minutes, then turn the broiler on and broil for 1-2 minutes until the cheese starts to brown and the grape tomatoes shrivel.

Garnish with fresh basil before serving.

Serves 2 as a meal, 4 as a side.

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