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Quinoa with Baby Peas

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Quinoa with Baby Peas makes a wonderful, quick side dish that is positively delicious!  You can throw everything into one pot and simmer for 15 minutes and you will get a light and fluffy texture in this amazing dish!  It’s a really nice alternative to rice, couscous, and even pasta! 


What is Quinoa? (pronounced as Kee-no-wha)

  • Quinoa is an ancient traditional grain grown at 12,000 feet above sea level.  It’s a whole grain and it’s one of the best sources of protein in the vegetable kingdom.

  • Quinoa is a nutritious, whole-grain, and is just as simple to prepare like rice.   And is a good source of energy. 

  • It’s high in iron, and it’s also high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus.

  • Quinoa is gluten-free and has a low glycemic index.  Plus, it provides all of the eight essential amino acids. 


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Ingredients Needed for Quinoa with Baby Peas:

  • quinoa

  • vegetable broth or chicken broth

  • frozen baby sweet peas

  • 1/8 tsp. onion powder

  • white wine

  • some butter or extra virgin olive oil

  • grated Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste


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Cook’s Notes and Tips!

  • This dish makes a side dish enough for a family of 4. 

  • Need to make it dairy-free!  Just swap out the butter for extra virgin olive oil.  

  • You can also make our quinoa with baby peas as your main dish, perfect for those meatless, and no carbs meals!  And, it yields about three servings.  

  • You can add a dash of cayenne pepper, it will make the flavors pop even more!

  • If you don’t have butter you can use extra virgin olive oil in its place.  I like to drizzle additional olive oil (about 1 tablespoon) over the entire dish just before serving and while it’s still hot.  It will give it an extra rich flavor to this dish. 

  • Use good quality grated cheese with this dish.  It will make all the difference in the world.  We prefer to use Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese, it’s high quality, and the other brands are just loaded with fillers and preservatives.  And if you can grate a chunk of Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese on top of this dish just before serving- it’s even better!

  • Quinoa is wonderful to add to soups and stews. It’s even wonderful added to salads.

  • If you want this dish to be a little creamy, stir in some half and half or a dash of heavy cream at the end.

  • Can I Make This Dish Without The WINE?  Yes, you can.  It will still be flavorful.


As a side dish, what can I serve along with quinoa and baby peas?

You can serve it with these easy-to-make dishes:




Quinoa with Baby Peas is a healthy dish for adults, kids, and toddlers too! 

Basically, it’s really good for everyone.  This dish is very easy to put together, and it makes a terrific side dish with any main course or entree.  Our families love it!  We hope you will too!

I hope you will give this recipe a try! 




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Yield: 4 servings

Quinoa with Baby Peas

Quinoa with Baby Peas by
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup organic Quinoa, (we used pre-washed, no rinsing, Ancient Harvest brand)
  • 2 + 1/4 cups organic vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen baby sweet peas
  • 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 Tbsp. of butter- divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and extra for serving


  1. In a medium-size saucepan, add 1 Tbsp. butter and the first 5 ingredients together, excluding the Parmigiano cheese.
  2. Bring to a boil. Then cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Taste and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and the grated Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese.
  5. Stir well to combine and transfer to a serving dish. Serve with extra grated Parmigiano cheese at the table. Serve immediately.
  6. Serves 4


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  • Reply
    April 30, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    I love the nutty flavor of quinoa and peas would be a delicious pairing!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      April 30, 2020 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks so much Susan! This is such a delicious dish, I hope you will make it soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    April 29, 2020 at 9:47 am

    I love quinoa, and I happen also to love peas, so this looks fantastic to me.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      April 29, 2020 at 10:45 am

      This is such a delicious dish and so easy too! Thanks so much Jeff!

  • Reply
    March 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you!! That's very sweet.

  • Reply
    March 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I have always enjoyed your meals and now I am so happy that I will be able to enjoy sharing them in my own home! My husband will be very content to be served an authentic Italian meal as he misses them. Thank you Anna and Liz.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks so much!

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