Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls

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Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls -- totally easy to customize with your favorite pizza toppings, and SO delicious!! (Bonus, they're also naturally gluten-free!) | gimmesomeoven.com

Annnnnd, the countdown is on.

Ten days until Barclay and I leave for New Zealand!!!  And I can’t WAIT!

I can’t wait to meet all of B’s Kiwi relatives who are coming together for a big reunion at a beautiful National Park campground (complete with a family jam sesh, since apparently everyone’s musical).  I can’t wait to take our time (nearly 4 weeks) adventuring all over both islands, visiting the long list of towns and hikes and restaurants and coffee shops that some dear friends have recommended.  I can’t wait to soak up lots of quality downtime with this cute guy, especially after some extra busy schedules we’ve had these past few months.  And — I must admit — after a brutal winter week here in Kansas City, I can’t WAIT to cross the equator and have it be summer down there!!!

My swimsuit and flip flops are already packed.  :)

Still, I’ve been working hard to get ahead and create a bunch of winter-friendly recipes to share here on the blog while I’m gone.  And oh my goodness — I had initially scheduled this one to be posted in mid-February, but I couldn’t wait another second to share it with you.  Because I’m convinced I have stumbled upon a winner here.

They’re everything we all love about a good slice of pizza.  They’re made healthier (and also gluten-free) with lots of protein-packed quinoa.  They’re 100% easy to customize with all of your favorite pizza ingredients.  They’re quick and easy and actually really fun to make.  And oh my goodness — THEY ARE GOOD.

Meet my new favorite Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls!

Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls -- totally easy to customize with your favorite pizza toppings, and SO delicious!! (Bonus, they're also naturally gluten-free!) | gimmesomeoven.com

Everyone seems to be obsessed with anything that’s served in a bowl lately, and I’ll admit I’m no exception.  There’s something about digging a spoon into a big bowl of deliciousness that is oh-so-comforting.  (And as a food stylist, I’ll also add in that bowls are oh-so-pretty!)

So when I was craving pizza the other day, I randomly decided to try tossing all of my favorite pizza ingredients into a new set of ramekins I just bought.  (<–That’s an affiliate link, for anyone in the ramekin market.  I totally recommend them!)  I’m a big fan of pepperoni (always), green pepers, red onions, mushrooms, mozz, and Parm.  In lieu of crust, though, I just cooked up a quick batch of quinoa, stirred it together with my favorite pizza sauce, and then added that to the mix.

Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls -- totally easy to customize with your favorite pizza toppings, and SO delicious!! (Bonus, they're also naturally gluten-free!) | gimmesomeoven.com

So I layered everything up, then baked them nice and hot until the cheese was bubbly.  Then I finished them under the broiler for another minute or two, until the cheese got nice and golden brown…
Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls -- totally easy to customize with your favorite pizza toppings, and SO delicious!! (Bonus, they're also naturally gluten-free!) | gimmesomeoven.com

…and then finished them off with a little extra Parmesan and crushed red peppers.  And the result?

Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls -- totally easy to customize with your favorite pizza toppings, and SO delicious!! (Bonus, they're also naturally gluten-free!) | gimmesomeoven.com

Pure love.  :)

Oh my goodness, these little bowls were incredible!!!  I mean, first off, I think they’re incredibly cute and make for a really fun presentation.  I loved how much quinoa I was able to stuff in them.  And they totally satisfied my pizza craving!!!

And as opposed to having to commit to one or two toppings when you order a whole pizza, you can totally customize each individual bowl with the toppings you’d like.  So if everyone in the family has a different topping preference?  Bring it on!  Or if you’re looking for a fun party idea?  Set up a DIY pizza bowl kit and let them all make their own!

Seriously, these are too fun, and too good to pass up.  So grab your favorite pizza toppings and some oven-proof ramekins (or hey, you could even make this one big casserole in a baking pan!), and give this recipe a try soon!

Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls -- totally easy to customize with your favorite pizza toppings, and SO delicious!! (Bonus, they're also naturally gluten-free!) | gimmesomeoven.com

Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls

These Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls are fun to make and customize with your favorite ingredients, they're full of protein-packed quinoa (that also makes them gluten-free!), and they're TOTALLY delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (dry) quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 (14-ounce) jars pizza sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 cups of your favorite pizza toppings (I used pepperonis, diced green peppers, diced button mushrooms, and thinly-sliced red onions, but see other ideas below*)
  • optional toppings: grated Parmesan cheese, crushed red peppers

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Cook quinoa in the chicken or vegetable stock according to package instructions.  (Or you can use this tutorial for how to cook quinoa.)
  3. When the quinoa has finished cooking, fluff the quinoa with a fork.  Then stir about 1/2 cup pizza sauce into the quinoa until evenly combined.  Set aside.
  4. Lightly spray 6 large (10-ounce) oven-safe ramekins with cooking spray.  Place the ramekins on a large baking tray.
  5. Spread about 2 Tablespoons of pizza sauce evenly over the bottom of each ramekin.
  6. Layer each with about 1/4 cup of quinoa, and spread with a spoon to flatten.
  7. Layer each evenly with pinch of shredded Mozzarella.
  8. Layer each with a single layer of pizza toppings.
  9. Repeat by layering each with another layer of sauce, quinoa, Mozzarella, pizza toppings, followed by a final layer of Mozzarella.  The ramekins should be full but not overflowing.
  10. Transfer the baking sheet full of ramekins to the oven, and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the ingredients are heated through.  At this point, you can either remove the pizza bowls from the oven.  Or if you'd like to get the cheese extra golden on top, you can turn the oven to "broil".  Then -- keeping a close eye on the cheese so that it does not burn -- broil the pizza bowls until the cheese is golden on top.
  11. Remove and sprinkle each pizza bowl with a pinch of Parmesan cheese and crushed red peppers, if desired.  Serve immediately.

*Feel free to swap in your favorite pizza toppings here.  As goes with traditional pizza, just be sure that they are chopped or cooked (if needed, such as for sausage, etc.) if needed before adding them to the pizza bowls.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!


Easy Quinoa Pizza Bowls -- totally easy to customize with your favorite pizza toppings, and SO delicious!! (Bonus, they're also naturally gluten-free!) | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 20, 2016 @ 5:40 am (#)

    Haha it is so true, everything is better and better looking in a cute bowl :) This is such a fun idea and looks mad tasty! I could go for one of these lovely bowls right now :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 20th, 2016 @ 2:46 pm

      Thanks Taylor, we hope you enjoy! :D

  2. Keira Leach — January 20, 2016 @ 5:53 am (#)

    Very interesting idea. I will try it definitely!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 20th, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

      We hope you enjoy Keira!

  3. Megan @ Caffeine & a Carry On — January 20, 2016 @ 7:05 am (#)

    Oh my GOD these look so good! They’re going on my list ASAP!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 20th, 2016 @ 2:44 pm

      We hope you love them Megan! :D

  4. Poshnessary — January 20, 2016 @ 8:42 am (#)

    Looks really good!! Great idea on how to make Quinoa

    Kisses ❤

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 20th, 2016 @ 3:16 pm

      Thanks, we hope you enjoy! :)

  5. KNC — January 20, 2016 @ 9:08 am (#)

    These look DELICIOUS. I just found out that I might have a non-celiac gluten allergy and now, I’m trying to find delicious gluten-free recipes to experiment with my diet. This is perfect! Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 20th, 2016 @ 3:16 pm

      Thanks, we hope you love them! :D

  6. Heather @Bostongirlbakes — January 20, 2016 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    Oh my god, so making these. Love quinoa. Love pizza. And New Zealand! I’m so jealous!! Have a great time!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 20th, 2016 @ 3:03 pm

      Thanks Heather, we hope you love love these!

  7. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 20, 2016 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    OH MY GODNESSS!! I am going to be living vicariously through you! Seriously, have the best time in New Zealand! Also, so making these delicious Pizza Bowls! 

  8. Bita — January 20, 2016 @ 2:18 pm (#)

    Ali, this is pure genious!  I love it!  My mouth is watering already.   Love that they are individual and customizable – super cute and fun.  Can’t wait to try.  Thanks for the inspiration!! ✨ Bita

  9. Linda — January 20, 2016 @ 3:25 pm (#)

    Looks delicious, can’t wait to try this…   I don’t have ramekins and like your idea of doing it as one big casserole in a baking pan. Do you have any idea what size of pan would work best? And would you cook at the same amount of time? Thanks! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2016 @ 3:09 pm

      Thanks Linda! We think a 9×13 pan dish should probably work fine for this. It might need longer than 20 minutes to bake, but we would start there. We hope you enjoy! :)

  10. Kari — January 20, 2016 @ 6:54 pm (#)

    That looks so healthy and delicious!
    Kari

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 20th, 2016 @ 8:27 pm

      Thanks Kari, we hope you enjoy!

  11. Linda — January 20, 2016 @ 7:51 pm (#)

    Must try this sounds great. Welcome to N.Z. hope our weather improves for you summer has been quite variable depending on where you are!!!!

  12. Sara — January 22, 2016 @ 9:55 am (#)

    I was wondering if any changes should be made if I were to make this in a large glass dish? Also, what size do you think would work better as the ingredients are listed(amount wise) a 9×9 or a 9×13? Thanks! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2016 @ 2:59 pm

      Hi Sara! We think a 9×13 is probably the size you would want. It might need longer than 20 minutes to bake, but we would start there. We hope you enjoy!

  13. Cassie — January 22, 2016 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    OMG, this looks so incredible! I love that these bowls are so tiny so that you can enjoy them as a quick little snack!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2016 @ 2:44 pm

      Thanks Cassie, we’re suckers for food in bowls. :) We hope you enjoy!

  14. Da-Shara — January 22, 2016 @ 4:17 pm (#)

    This looks … AMAZING! Thank you for this recipe I will be giving this a try very soon!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2016 @ 10:13 pm

      Thanks Da-Shara, we hope you love them! :)

  15. DD — January 22, 2016 @ 5:21 pm (#)

    These look AMAZING! I love pizza and could literally it it every day so I will definitely be trying this recipe!!Thanks :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

      Thank you, and so could we! We hope you enjoy! :D

  16. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — January 22, 2016 @ 5:30 pm (#)

    These are SO stinking CUTE!!! Love it! I’m not a huge quinoa fan but I know I’d love this pizza goodness, pinned!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2016 @ 10:31 pm

      Thanks Senika, we hope you enjoy these!

  17. Sara — January 22, 2016 @ 6:21 pm (#)

    Thanks for the quick response. Testing it out tonight! I’ll let you know cook time of it is different from the remaking for a 9×13.

  18. Laura — January 23, 2016 @ 11:57 am (#)

    I stumbled upon your website and have loved every recipe I have tried to date! This will be great to make this weekend for the AFC championship! Go Pats!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 24th, 2016 @ 9:43 am

      Thank you Laura, we’re so glad you like the blog, and we hope you enjoy the pizza bowls! :D

  19. Madeline German — January 23, 2016 @ 3:28 pm (#)

    Do you have a nutrition thing for these? This recipe came at the PERFECT time. I made too much quinoa AND I’ve been craving pizza all week, what timing haha. I’m so excited to try these and some other recipes from your site. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 24th, 2016 @ 5:07 pm

      Hi Madeline! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps, and we hope you enjoy this recipe if you make it! :)

  20. Dayla — January 25, 2016 @ 10:55 am (#)

    Do you have the 5  or 10 oz ramekins?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 25th, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

      Hi Dayla! We used 10-oz ramekins for these. We hope you enjoy!

  21. Rebekah | Kitchen Gidget — January 25, 2016 @ 8:55 pm (#)

    These are genius, Ali!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 26th, 2016 @ 8:21 am

      Thanks Rebekah, we hope you love them! :)

  22. Pam — January 26, 2016 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    There look amazing! Do you know if they freeze well? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 27th, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

      Thanks Pam, we hope you enjoy the recipe! However, because of the melted cheese on top, we don’t think this one would freeze too well.

  23. Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun — January 26, 2016 @ 11:53 pm (#)

    These quinoa bowls look amazing! I love how you added other pizza toppings besides pepperoni in them! 

  24. Terry — January 27, 2016 @ 12:18 pm (#)

    While you are in NZ be sure to try at least one meal at the roast shops.  It is just like a pizza shop, or sandwich shop, but they have roasts!  Most offer beef and lamb roasts, I don’t remember any others, but some had three kinds.  You order by size, and with the roast, you get potatoes, carrots, taro or kumala, and gravy.  If we had them here in the US, I probably would quit cooking and just get these!  

    We also found a Denny’s in Auckland and decided to see if it was the same as here.  Mostly yes, but the best meal we had there was a braised lamb shank, and I would say, not to be missed!  We also found a Tongan restaurant down by a beach.  My husband is Tongan and all the relatives in NZ are too.  My two companions while there were two of my nieces, they were happy to go with their Palangi (white) Auntie because she was buying!  This was the best Tongan food I have ever eaten.  We were just driving by and I saw the Tongan flag, so knew we had to give it a try.  

    My favorite thing about NZ was the shopping, not so much about buying a lot, but seeing the different types of shops.   We stayed at Mangere where most of the family was centered, but went to several villages to shop and sightsee.  We only stayed at North Island, but next time I wasn’t to go to the South Island.  Not to worry, hubs has a ton of relatives there too!  

    What I was struck with, was that we are more alike than different, weather, food, sights, etc.  I have been to Fiji and Tonga, and there is a major difference in cultures there.  I thought NZ would be more like them.  I hope you have as much fun as I did there!  I (we) were too scared to drive there so had to depend on others for transportation.  Everything is backwards, and they drive fast there!  Their biggest problem is visitors causing accidents and I didn’t want it to be one of those.  

  25. Pamela @ Kitchen Missus — January 30, 2016 @ 10:50 am (#)

    Anything that tastes like pizza but doesn’t require me to mix and pummel a load of dough for half an hour is great news to me because my kids are always asking (okay, more like demanding) for pizza. I suppose I can make these delicious-looking quinoa pizza bowls and then toast up some slices of bread and have them dip the bread into the bowls for a healthy meal, without mummy having to suffer aching arms. 
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 1st, 2016 @ 9:07 am

      You’re welcome Pamela, we hope you and your kiddos enjoy these! :)

  26. Anita - Neetzy.com — February 11, 2016 @ 11:49 am (#)

    Love your animated GIF!

  27. Alex — February 11, 2016 @ 7:08 pm (#)

    Wow! These were SO GOOD! Thank you so much for the absolutely amazing recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 14th, 2016 @ 7:55 am

      Thanks Alex! We’re so happy you enjoyed them! :D

  28. Kylie @ immaEATthat — February 11, 2016 @ 10:41 pm (#)

    SO IN LOVE WITH THIS IDEA!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2016 @ 11:10 am

      Thanks Kylie! We hope you enjoy! :)

  29. Andi — February 11, 2016 @ 11:22 pm (#)

    I was skeptical about these at first, but I have a ton of quinoa and not enough recipes for it, so I gave these a try. I was very impressed and I’ll be making them again. Not sure if pineapple would be good with these, but I’ll make one little bowl with pineapple next time to find out.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2016 @ 11:10 am

      We’re glad you enjoyed these Andi! We think pineapple would be a yummy addition!

  30. Caroline — February 12, 2016 @ 10:28 am (#)

    Oh my LORD THESE LOOK AMAZING! As someone with a gluten allergy, it can be quite difficult to satisfy my pizza cravings without having the shell out $20 for a gluten free pizza. These look so cute and easy! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2016 @ 10:38 am

      Thank you Caroline! We hope you get to try these soon, and that you enjoy them! :)

  31. Julieann — February 21, 2016 @ 4:51 pm (#)

    I’m so happy that I found this recipe. Easy to make and very tasty. I enjoyed my bowl a lot. Thank you. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 22nd, 2016 @ 9:43 am

      Thanks Julieann! We’re glad you enjoyed this!

  32. Debby Strautz — March 5, 2016 @ 1:59 pm (#)

    This looks delicious. How many calories is in one ramekin? Thank you.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 6th, 2016 @ 7:50 am

      Thanks Debby! Unfortunately though, we aren’t sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  33. Megan — March 12, 2016 @ 9:50 am (#)

    Delicious! I’ll totally be making this again. It’ll make a good addition to my menu at college. I only used half the sauce called for since it looked a little too sauce-y, and it still turned out great.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 12th, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

      Thanks Megan — we’re happy you enjoyed these! :)

  34. Ashley — March 14, 2016 @ 1:43 pm (#)

    Could this also be baked in a 9in pie pan or made in a casserole dish? I don’t have those lovely bowls and would like to make this tonight. :-)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 14th, 2016 @ 9:42 pm

      Hi Ashley! A 9-inch pie pan might be too small, so a 9×13-inch casserole dish is probably your best bet. We hope you enjoy! :)

  35. Hannah — March 16, 2016 @ 7:10 pm (#)

    Made this recipe for supper this evening. Baked it in a 9×9 casserole pan and it turned out absolutely perfect!
    So simple and easy, and really hits the spot. Thanks for the recipe, will definitely be cooking this one again. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 10:27 pm

      Awesome! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed this Hannah! :D

  36. Kim — March 20, 2016 @ 11:19 am (#)

    Great idea! Very unique. I will definitely give this a try.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 20th, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

      Thanks Kim — we hope you enjoy! :)

  37. laurie — March 28, 2016 @ 4:03 pm (#)

    I’m making this for the second time tonight. Truly an amazing meal! I found some decent veggie pepperoni, so this can now go in my meatless meal  rotation. thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 29th, 2016 @ 11:03 am

      Thanks for sharing Laurie — we’re so happy you enjoy the recipe! :)

  38. Missy — April 4, 2016 @ 5:40 pm (#)

    Made these tonight and they were a hit! FANTASTIC recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 5th, 2016 @ 10:02 am

      We’re so glad to hear that Missy — thanks for sharing! :)

  39. Bri — April 10, 2016 @ 1:27 pm (#)

    Does this reheat well? I’m looking for packed lunch ideas!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 11th, 2016 @ 11:50 am

      Yes, we think they should reheat just fine — we hope you enjoy! :)

  40. Anna — May 4, 2016 @ 7:17 am (#)

    MADE IT! Didn’t have ramekins so used a cupcake tin and actually turned out really great! My boyfriend loved it! Pinterest post for the win! Thanks for the great recipe :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 5th, 2016 @ 8:24 am

      Thanks for sharing Anna — we’re happy you and your boyfriend loved these! :)

  41. Kari — May 5, 2016 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    If I want to bake this as a casserole, what size pan would you recommend? These look delicious, can’t wait to try them!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 5th, 2016 @ 10:03 pm

      Hi Kari! We think a 9×13 should do the trick. We hope you enjoy! :)

  42. Danie — May 11, 2016 @ 6:25 pm (#)

    When cooking the Quinoa do we replace the water with chicken stock??

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:27 pm

      Hi Danie! You can use water instead of chicken stock, if you prefer. We hope you enjoy!

  43. Ruby — May 23, 2016 @ 8:07 pm (#)

    These dishes look so beautiful, Hayley, perfect for my next dinner party – thanks for sharing!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 23rd, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

      Thanks Ruby! This is actually Ali’s blog and recipe though (I just help out with comments). :) But we hope you enjoy these!

  44. Bren — June 12, 2016 @ 8:41 pm (#)

    Made these tonight and they were great!  I used six 8 oz ramekins and they were brimming to the rim.  Glad I didn’t get smaller ones.  I also only needed one 14 oz jar of sauce, and they were still plenty saucy.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 14th, 2016 @ 7:55 pm

      Thanks Bren — we’re so happy you enjoyed these!

  45. Pam — July 13, 2016 @ 9:23 pm (#)

    I made this tonight with a few modifications and it was very good.  I doubled the amount of quinoa and toppings but still used 2 14 oz jars of sauce and it was plenty.  I made in a 9×13 pan and used fresh pineapple, fresh spinach, and canadian bacon.  Everyone liked it and 2 of my 3 boys had seconds.  I will make again.  Thanks!  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 14th, 2016 @ 8:14 am

      Thanks for sharing Pam — we’re glad you enjoyed it and your toppings all sound fantastic!