An easy gluten free caprese casserole recipe that tastes like summer

Gluten Free Caprese Casserole Recipe

Most people don’t think of caprese – that classic Italian salad composed of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil – in the dead of winter. So why a Gluten Free Caprese Casserole Recipe right now? Let me explain.

When the days are cold and dreary, it’s nice to have a little reminder of the warm and carefree days of summer. And while tomatoes are not exactly at their best right now, cooking them in the oven brings out the flavor and sweetness even when they are under-ripe. And using cherry tomatoes provides this burst of juiciness and flavor.

You can always get fresh mozzarella, no matter what time of year, and in this day and age, fresh basil is available even in the deadest of winter.

I used quinoa as a base for this casserole; it felt like a healthy choice while still providing the heartiness one desires in a winter casserole. The fire-roasted canned tomatoes I use in this recipe are for added flavor but if you can’t find them, regular canned tomatoes will work just fine. I topped the whole thing off with some Kinnikinnick gluten free panko-style crumbs mixed with some Parmesan cheese for a crispy top.

For the quinoa, you need about 3 cups cooked. Recently I have taken to cooking mine in a rice cooker. This has changed my life! Seriously, for under $20 you can get a decent rice cooker. You just add your quinoa and water, push a button, and forget about it. I can do it in the morning before leaving the house but even if I don’t think that far ahead, it only takes about 15 minutes to make quinoa in the rice cooker from start to finish.

This gluten free caprese casserole recipe is like a little bit of summer on your plate, even if it is 10 below outside. And it can be ready in just over half an hour – an added bonus!

Quick and Easy gluten free caprese casserole

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An easy gluten free caprese casserole recipe that tastes like summer
Gluten Free Caprese Casserole Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 502 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pre-rinsed quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Gluten free non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white or yellow onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese divided
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil chopped or cut into thin ribbons
  • 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Kinnikinnick gluten free panko breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa in salted water according to the package directions.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 12 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook another 30 seconds, stirring. Add the tomato paste and stir it into the vegetables; cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Add the canned tomatoes along with their juices, the Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, the pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the heavy cream and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese and cook, stirring just until heated through. Take off the heat and stir in the cooked quinoa, half the tomatoes, and half the basil. Pour into the prepared baking dish and top with the sliced mozzarella and the rest of the tomatoes.

  4. Combine the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan with the panko breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole, spray with more cooking spray, and bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown. Sprinkle with the rest of the basil and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Caprese Casserole Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 502 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 691mg 29%
Potassium 490mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 33.8%
Vitamin C 18.6%
Calcium 39.8%
Iron 14.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Caprese Casserole Cheese Dinner Easy Gluten-Free Gluten-Free Recipes Kinnikinnick Lunch Mozzarella Cheese Parmesan Cheese Quinoa Recipe
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