Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Quajado (Sephardic Spinach & Macaroni Casserole)

It's a busy, busy week (aka "hell week"), so we're looking for super simple meals.   Saw this recipe on Facebook today and thought we might try it tonight. We'll let you know how it goes.


  • ½ c. elbow macaroni (regular or whole wheat)                  
  • 1 tsp. (or less) light salt
  • 1 ½ c. “fake” eggs                                                                  
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz. (reduced-fat) cottage cheese                                      
  • 2 pkgs. frozen chopped spinach, thawed & squeezed dry 
  • 1 c. grated Parmesan cheese                                                              


1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Pam a 9” square baking dish.
2.) Cook macaroni as directed.
3.) In a large bowl, combine “fake” eggs, cheese, seasonings, and spinach. Add macaroni.
4.)Pour into prepared pan, and bake 25-30 minutes.  Cut into squares to serve.

(To double:  use a 13” x 9” dish and increase baking time to 30-35 minutes.)

A little googling, and I'm learning more about this dish (pronounced kwah-SHAH-doh).  Like, it seems to be a mainstay of kosher cooking and you can use a variety of veggies including zucchini (even yellow ones), beet greens (anyone have experience with these?!), tomatoes and eggplant.


  1. I guess fake eggs is something like Egg Beaters, right? Liquid eggs or egg replacements?

  2. Dusti -

    We made this recipe last night were all pretty much "meh" about it. If you try it, definitely amp up the spice and perhaps sub a different vegetable (or fresh spinach for the frozen). It's not awful, but really not that good either.

  3. it was an average food stuff