Creamy broccoli quinoa casserole with a creamy and cheesy quinoa white sauce. This broccoli bake goodness with crumb and cheese topping is a family-favorite in my house. The creamy white sauce is 100% dairy free and gluten free using quinoa.
You know I am French, right? Well, creamy broccoli casserole – or cauliflower casserole – are one of the classic French recipe that every French mum loves to put on the dinner table. I always love my mum French recipe ! She is the queen at making creamy white sauce. Mum always make her creamy sauce with butter, white flour, milk and grated emmental OUCH! not really what I am eating for 4 years now. There is way too much dairy and white ingredient in her recipe.
Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with Quinoa White Sauce
But I am still a huge fan of Broccoli Casserole. That is why I revisited my mum classic white sauce recipe to be healthier. I mean dairy free, gluten free and rich in fibre. Trust me or not, I come up with this quinoa white sauce recipe by mistake. I am often cooking quinoa in vegetable stock to prepare leftover for the week days. I accidentally cook my quinoa a bit longer until it forms a creamy mixture. When the cooking liquid is mostly evaporated quinoa tend to stick and become thick creamy. I blend it on high speed in my blender. BOOM! it creates the most thick and creamy sauce ever !
It was really thick so I adjust my sauce with extra lukewarm liquid – I use almond milk or extra vegetable stock. I make this recipe very often and I usually don’t have to add more than 3/4 cup of extra liquid to reach a classic white sauce texture. Add some extra flavor ingredients like nutmeg, garlic, salt, pepper. OHLALA ! You made it. The quinoa white sauce is ready. I know I said it is a dairy free sauce and it is. But I am French and I love adding cheese everywhere. I add a cup of grated cheese in this recipe to add some cheesy taste. It is optional but if you tolerate lactose go for it! It brings the broccoli quinoa casserole to the top notch !
For the crust on top I combine a layer of gluten free Panko crumb – I used Bakeworks in New Zealand – and extra grated cheese. Again, only use the Panko crumb if you prefer the dairy free recipe. Both options works like magic. This recipe can be make-ahead. It freeze very well in airtight container. I recommend to defrost the container in the fridge for 24-hours. It rewarms well in the microwave.
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