15-Minute Spinach Pesto Quinoa Bowl

You'll have dinner on the table in no time with this 15-minute spinach pesto quinoa bowl! Recipe on

You'll have dinner on the table in no time with this 15-minute spinach pesto quinoa bowl! Recipe on

Probably one of the littlest known facts about me is my love for technology. I mean, we all know I love food but you probably didn’t know that I’m a huge nerd, did you? I love to code and I love having geeky conversations with fellow web developers about the up and coming technologies, what platforms they use and all this random mashup of stuff that normal people wouldn’t care about. I get giddy on the inside when I find someone that relates to me as a web developer. Jason zones out when I start talking to friends about stuff like this and it’s probably like Japanese to him and everyone else around us.

Anyway, so being the huge nerd that I am, I had three tabs open yesterday for tech blogs that were live-blogging the Apple event in California. I swear I tell myself every year when Apple holds an event, I won’t get excited about it and I won’t bother watching it. Haha, fat chance! Who am I kidding?!

iPhone 6 – anyone getting it? I’m totally pre-ordering it. When I pre-ordered the iPhone 5, I woke up at 3am to order it. #dedication

Ok, enough about nerding it out. Let’s talk about this 15 MINUTE QUINOA BOWL!

You'll have dinner on the table in no time with this 15-minute spinach pesto quinoa bowl! Recipe on


You'll have dinner on the table in no time with this 15-minute spinach pesto quinoa bowl! Recipe on

I’m sure we all know by now my affinity for all things pesto. And just when you thought I had enough pesto recipes, I throw just another one at you. This time, it only takes 15 minutes to make! Yes, super super easy and so filling! Don’t you love quick dinner ideas? This 15-minute spinach pesto quinoa bowl brought to you by…me! ‘Cause one evening I decided I didn’t want to cook an elaborate dinner cause I just wasn’t having it, then further, I decided I’d just throw everything in a pot and voila! Here you go.

Let’s break this down:

quinoa cooks incredibly fast

spinach wilts down and cooks incredibly fast

and well, if you already have pesto on hand, you just gotta throw it in, mix everything around, shave some beautiful parm on top and seriously – quick dinner in 15 minutes. I got you ;)

You'll have dinner on the table in no time with this 15-minute spinach pesto quinoa bowl! Recipe on



Spinach Pesto Quinoa Bowl
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

You'll have dinner on the table in no time with this 15-minute spinach pesto quinoa bowl! 

Servings: 4
Calories: 470 kcal
  • 2 cups multi-colored quinoa, uncooked
  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 4 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  1. Cook quinoa according to the instructions on the box or bag. (Instead of water, I used chicken stock for more flavor but if you want to keep this a vegetarian dish, go with water or vegetable stock.)
  2. Once quinoa is done cooking, turn heat to medium then add spinach, pesto, salt, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and heat until spinach has wilted, pesto is evenly distributed, and Parmesan cheese has melted.
  3. Serve immediately with extra Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Spinach Pesto Quinoa Bowl
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Protein 22g 44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 



Posted on September 10, 2014

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. Kellie
    04/03/2016 at 6:54 pm

    So, 2 cups of uncooked quinoa will turn into 4 cups of cooked quinoa. Therefore, the recipe would serve 8 1/2 cup servings, not 4. I used 2 cups of cooked quinoa with the rest of the ingredients and it was good. Also added cooked asparagus and some lemon juice..

  2. Christine
    04/07/2016 at 11:59 pm

    Hi this looks awesome! What recipe do you recommend for the pesto recipe (to make the actual pesto for this recipe)

  3. 04/26/2016 at 7:35 am

    quinoa, spinach, pesto – all my favorites together in the same dish, of course. Thanks for tonight’dinner!.

  4. Vicky
    04/26/2016 at 6:10 pm

    Excellent recipe! Very easy to prepare. Made no changes, tasted amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Macie
    05/24/2016 at 12:38 pm

    Can you heat this up as left overs? Would it still be good? I was thinking of doing this like a night before and taking it for lunch a couple days.

    • Julie
      05/24/2016 at 2:11 pm

      Yes, we make this all the time and heat it up for leftovers! Enjoy!

  6. 06/03/2016 at 11:52 pm

    This sounds yummy! Will have to try it. Thanks for sharing

  7. Kristina
    07/16/2016 at 10:30 pm

    Can’t wait to make this!!

  8. Jenny hathaway
    08/17/2016 at 8:46 am

    Looks delicious, would you happen to have the nutritional info for the recipe?

  9. mamie
    10/24/2016 at 8:39 pm

    This was great! I used yakina greens in place of the spinach, so I sauteed them in olive oil before tossing with the rest of the ingredients. Quick and easy side for roasted chicken.

    • Julie
      10/25/2016 at 6:50 am

      Sounds perfect!

  10. Lori Q
    12/12/2016 at 12:08 pm

    I make this and reheat the leftovers for breakfast with an egg or two on top. My new favorite breakfast!

    • Julie
      12/12/2016 at 1:05 pm

      Oh, I love that idea!!

  11. Melanie Munoz
    12/29/2016 at 11:41 am

    mmm so perfect! I added chicken I cooked on a pan with a couple different seasonings. turned out great :)

  12. Jenny
    03/13/2017 at 8:38 pm

    Can u use frozen spinach?

    • Julie
      03/14/2017 at 7:42 am

      Yes, just make sure you drain it well.

  13. Aleta
    03/14/2017 at 6:56 pm

    I just made it but added a little garlic and served with basil pesto chicken. It’s really good.

  14. Levina
    03/19/2017 at 1:29 pm


  15. Paula
    04/27/2017 at 2:47 pm

    This was today’s lunch. Yummmm!!

  16. Angela Severtson
    06/21/2017 at 11:38 pm

    This dish is soooooooo satisfying. I halved the recipe as my husband does not like quinoa, and it came out amazing. Will definitely continue to make!

  17. Maureen
    08/19/2017 at 1:42 pm

    This sounds perfect for the mother/daughter weekend we have planned! I’ll let you know if it was as big a hit as I anticipate.

  18. Dawn
    08/30/2017 at 7:48 pm

    Just had this for dinner. I prepared it as you listed, using vegetable broth in place of water for the quinoa and used Tastefully Simple’s pesto. It was quick, easy and the family loved it!

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