Cauliflower Quinoa Dumplings in Creamy Marinara Sauce

Published on May 26, 2018

  by   Kristina Stosek

13 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Serves: 4
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Cauliflower Quinoa Dumplings in Creamy Marinara Sauce are the best! If you love Italian food, this healthy, delicious gluten-free, vegetarian dish is for you!

the quinoa dumplings

The vegetarian dumplings are made with cauliflower rice, quinoa, parsley, garlic, oregano and eggs. They are light and flavourful and super easy to make.

To make the dumplings, all you do is mix the ingredients and chill for 15 minutes. Then, you shape small dumplings and place them in a baking dish. That is it for the dumplings.

the marinara sauce

For the creamy marinara sauce, again, easy! First, saute the garlic in olive oil with basil, and if you like a bit of spice, add some cayenne pepper.

For the next step, whisk in tomato sauce, cream and cheddar cheese until melted. Once the sauce is prepared, pour it over the dumplings and bake.

For the finish, before the dumplings are fully cooked, scatter the remaining cheese over the top and bake for a few more minutes until the cheese has melted.


quinoa dumplings


The flavourful creamy marinara sauce ties everything together beautifully. I make my sauce extra spicy because I love spicy food, but feel free to add as much or as little cayenne pepper as you like.


Why is quinoa so healthy?


quinoa seeds in two bowls



Quinoa is a naturally gluten-free plant-based protein, rich in dietary fiber and high in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. In addition, this tiny seed is a good source of protein, fiber, iron, copper, thiamin and vitamin B6.

What is cauliflower rice?

Cauliflower rice is not rice! It is a low-carb vegetable and a keto-friendly, paleo-friendly substitute for rice. The rice is made by grating raw cauliflower using a food processor or a box grater.

Looking at the long list of ingredients, I know the recipe may look complicated, but there is nothing to it, even for a novice cook. 

If you are searching for delicious vegetarian gluten-free Italian recipes, why not try this Cauliflower Quinoa Dumplings in Creamy Marinara Sauce dish. This gluten-free, vegetarian dinner is super tasty and also healthy. 

This is a healthy meatless lazy night type of meal. Serve with a salad, simple parsley rice or over gluten-free pasta. Enjoy!

Another delicious gluten-free cauliflower recipe is our popular Chicken and Chorizo Cauliflower Paella.

Let’s Connect!


Many thanks!

Kristina xx


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Isla it is 1 and a 1/4 cup


Hello is that 1/4 cup of cream? Or 1 and 1/4 , thanks


delicious and a lot easier to make than it looks. I will definitely make this quinoa recipe again


thank you, that is great to hear!


OMG just made this so good. Thank you!

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