Quinoa with Onions and Mushrooms

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I hear people complain about quinoa. Most don’t like it because is too bland. Or too hard. But the real reason is that they are not making it right. Quinoa without any seasoning is boring and bland. Is not any different than rice. If you don’t put some seasoning, is not that much fun to eat. That is why I created this delicious recipe! It is like a risotto, but with quinoa instead of rice. The onions and the mushrooms add texture and the cream of mushroom makes it velvety and moist.

Something that makes this recipe pop: the truffle oil! For many years I never used it. Didn’t know what it was. But one day decided to get me some. And guess what? I love it! It is musky and full of flavor. It enhances your recipe with or without mushrooms. But at the same time, it can be pricey, or difficult to find. No worries! If you don’t have truffle oil, then use olive oil. You won’t have the muskiness of the truffle oil, but the freshness of the olive will give a different dimension to your dish.

Quinoa with Onions and Mushrooms

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 540 kcal
Author: GnomeVictor

Quinoa doesn't have to be bland! This recipe is similar to risotto, creamy and delicious. The onions and mushrooms add a nice texture. 




  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • ½ tsp salt

Onion and Mushroom Mix

  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup baby Bella mushrooms chopped
  • 10 oz can of cream of mushroom
  • 2 tbsp truffle oil
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper



  1. In a pan, boil the chicken broth.
  2. Once the broth is boiling, add the quinoa and salt. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa is dry and completely cooked.

Onions and Mushroom Mix

  1. In a separate pan, pour in the olive oil and sauté the onions until they are translucent at Medium-High heat.
  2. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to Medium.
  3. Add the cream of mushroom soup, truffle oil, salt, pepper and mix them thoroughly.
  4. Once the quinoa is cooked, add it into the onion and mushroom mix until it is all blended together. Add the parmesan cheese and cilantro. If the quinoa has the consistency of risotto, it is done. If not, cook it 5 more minutes uncovered.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa with Onions and Mushrooms
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 540 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 2238mg97%
Potassium 894mg26%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 19.4mg24%
Calcium 232mg23%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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