One-Pot Quinoa with Spicy Sausage

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One-Pot Quinoa with Spicy Sausage
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 8
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Try this protein-packed dinner made in one pot, with quinoa and all your favourite Mexican flavours.
Oct 10, 2017


  • 1 lb lean spicy Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 package (12 oz) uncooked quinoa, rinsed, drained (2 cups)
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen whole kernel corn
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 large tomato, seeded, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • 1
    In 5-quart nonstick Dutch oven, cook and coarsely crumble sausage over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain; transfer to large bowl. Cover with foil; set aside.
  • 2
    Wipe out Dutch oven with paper towel. Add oil; heat over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion; cook about 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened. Add bell peppers and garlic; cook 3 to 4 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until softened. Using slotted spoon, transfer vegetables to bowl with sausage; replace foil, and set aside.
  • 3
    Wipe out Dutch oven. Add quinoa; cook over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant. Slowly stir in broth, corn, cumin, chili powder, salt and ground red pepper. Heat to simmering over high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover; reduce heat. Simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is thoroughly cooked. Stir in sausage and vegetable mixture; heat until hot.
  • 4
    Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Top with tomato and cilantro.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Mexican-inspired dishes are fun to serve because everyone can personalize their serving. Pass chopped avocado, sliced olives, light sour cream and chopped green onions for an extra-special touch.
  • Tip 2
    Italian turkey sausage is available in spicy and sweet varieties. We chose spicy turkey sausage, but if your family likes a milder flavour, choose the sweet sausage, and omit the ground red pepper.

Nutrition Information

350 Calories, 12g Total Fat, 21g Protein, 39g Total Carbs, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 8 servings
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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