Slow Cooker Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa

Cheesy, Italian-seasoned quinoa, mushrooms, and peppers – so flavorful and easy to whip up for dinner or a side dish! 

Slow Cooker Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa | Creme de la Crumb

Mmmmmmm cheeeeeeeeeeese.

And garlic-y mushrooms, and peppers, and hearty quinoa. I love this dish. I really really love it. Because it’s seriously YUM and so perfect for this Fall weather that we are experiencing in full-swing this week.

Not only that but I spotted some leaves turning to red and gold up on the hill yesterday and my heart just about exploded with Autumn-loving joy.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa | Creme de la Crumb


In addition to cheesy mushroom quinoa-eating on this fine Fall week, a lot of car shopping has been happening. Because when you realize a week before your twins are due that two carseats aren’t going to fit in your current mode of transportation, you start shopping.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa | Creme de la Crumb

So you’re wondering why on earth we didn’t make sure that two carseats would fit before now – and we did, I swear we did. Only, we may have not actually tried to put both rear-facing car seats in at the same time plus my tall husband in the driver’s seat, and that combination apparently is not really conducive to a comfortable traveling experience.

Let’s talk about how prepared I feel to have twins now.

Don’t worry, we can get the babies home from the hospital – if I drive or if my husband sits with his knees in the dash – it can be done. But looking down the road (oh my gosh – for the love of puns!) at some point, we’re going to need a different car.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa | Creme de la Crumb

Now back to the cheesy mushroom quinoa. A full batch of this amazing stuff will easily serve 4 for dinner, but the amaaaaazing thing is that you can half the batch and use it as a side dish for any favorite Italian dish. Gotta love that!!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa | Creme de la Crumb
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Slow Cooker Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa
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Cheesy, Italian-seasoned quinoa, mushrooms, and peppers - so flavorful and easy to whip up for dinner or a side dish!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste (I used about 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper)
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan or Italian blend cheese
  1. Add all ingredients except for Italian cheese to slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours on high, or 4-5 hours on low.
  2. Stir all ingredients together. Top with cheese, cover and allow to cook for another 15 minutes or so until cheese is melty. Garnish with chopped cilantro or parsley if desired and serve.
This serves 4 as a main dish but you could easily half the recipe and serve it up as a side dish too!
If you don't need/want the recipe to be vegetarian you can sub chicken broth for the vegetable broth if desired.


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We brought ours home in a Mustang! Their daddy’s 6’3 and had to lean the seat back BACK. I didn’t have my license at the time. Fortunately, for the then hubs at any rate, the car didn’t have air bags (an 80 something) so the one child rode up front while I was relegated to having absolutely no leg room (I’m 5’8) while the kids travelled in absolute comfort *grump*. They’re 20 now, lol, so we made it through. Good luck with that.
The recipe….yeah, the recipe.
I’m no huge fan of mushrooms OR peppers, lol, but that does look good. We’re having fish tacos tonight so that looks like it will go great with them.

Yum! What an easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love!

    It’s cheesy and easy – can’t be that right?! Thanks Millie!

Oh yes! I love a good quinoa recipe and it gets to go into the crockpot? Even BETTER!

Will this fit in a 4 qt cooker?

Just recently got a new crockpot and needed to break it in. Googled “vegetarian crockpot receipes” and this is the first one that popped up. It is soooo good! Thank you!

Is there an option to make this in the oven? Or would that affect how it turns out? Thanks!

    That might work but I think it would be better to cook this on the stove in a large pot with the lid on if you don’t want to use a slow cooker. 🙂

Could you add uncooked chicken to this recipe and it turn out ok?

I made this last night – so good! I did a half recipe (small crock pot) and skipped the red pepper. Also had to use about an extra cup of vegetable broth to keep it hydrated. But the ultimate result was super tasty! Thank you!

Any nutritional info on this recipe?

What could you sub out the cream cheese?

This is amazing. It’s pretty much the only thing I want to eat ever again.

Added veggie chicken for added protein. yum.

I’ve made this a couple times and it is so good. Great as a side dish and I love to add garbanzo beans to for a bit more protein when we eat it as a standalone meal.

    Sounds great with the beans! Thanks for sharing- glad you love it! 🙂