Quinoa Cheese Soup (Quinua de Queso)

This is one great soup to eat on a snowy cold day like today in New York. Keeps you all warm ^_^ . This is an Ecuadorian soup which has the typical ….Quinoa, cheese, annatto seeds and potato. Affordable, on hand ingredients, and simple to make. Quinoa is super healthy it’s a grain like crop  that is high in protein, calcium, and iron. Annatto seed is mostly used in Ecuadorian homes, it’s a yellow to orange food coloring that has no taste. It is the saffron of South America. This soup has a thick consistency which will fill you up. It can be served with a toasted baguette like I do or french fries like in Ecuador.

Makes for 6-8 Servings


  • 1 Cup (8 ounces) Dried Quinoa
  • 8 1/2 (2 liters) Water
  • 1/2 Cup Scallions or White Onions, chop finely
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tsp Annatto Seeds
  • 4 Potatoes (Russet or Idaho), quartered
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Cheese (Mozzarella or Fresh Cheese), cubed or broke into pieces
  • Parsley or Cilantro to garnish


Rinse/clean throughly the quinoa then let it soak in water for 2 hours. After 2 hours drain and squeeze out the excess water and reserve aside.

Prepare and chop the vegetables. In a small pan start melting the butter and add in the annatto seeds (I didn’t do this and it took me forever to remove the seeds from the pot with a spoon -_- ). Cook the annatto for 2 minutes or until the butter is yellow/orange…. Drain through a sieve with a bowl under. That yellow/orange butter will be the coloring for the soup. Discard the seeds.

In a medium-sized pot add in the colored butter and bring heat up to high. Add in the scallions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft. Pour in the water and bring up to a boil. Once the water is boiling pour the quinoa in and cook until it opens or a little thick.

Pour in the potatoes bring heat to medium and cook until fork tender. Keep the top of pot half open…Like so.

I used mozzarella cheese (which was the only cheese I had on hand). Once the potatoes are ready add the cheese and milk in the soup and cook for 3 minutes. Then it’s READY!

Enjoy and savor this soup!



About Sherlly

I love food.
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4 Responses to Quinoa Cheese Soup (Quinua de Queso)

  1. Alisa says:

    This is a delicious recipe!I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this quinoa widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about quinoa,Thanks!

  2. A delicious soup and I would finally be able to use these anatto seeds I have been hiding in my pantry for so long!

  3. That looks so lovely, I love the bright colour!

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