Giada De Laurentiis likes to pump up the flavor of grains by adding plenty of chopped herbs instead of a fatty dressing. Her healthy quinoa dish is packed with basil, as well as arugula. Slideshow:  More Quinoa Recipes 

Giada De Laurentiis
May 2014

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Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Yield:
4 to 6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the almonds in a pie plate and bake for about 8 minutes, until lightly toasted.

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  • Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the red pepper, shallots and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring, until coated, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook until absorbed, about 2 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Cover the skillet and simmer over moderately low heat until the quinoa is tender and all of the stock is absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Fluff the pilaf with a fork and fold in the arugula, basil and almonds. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Make Ahead

The quinoa pilaf can stand at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Stir in the arugula, basil and almonds just before serving.