Originally when I conceived this recipe, I envisioned using whole-wheat pasta instead of quinoa. But then when I got ready to make it, I was at a point of being O.D.’ed on pasta, having just made a large batch of it and eaten it over the course of several days. So I decided, why not try this with quinoa? The result is not the prettiest concoction in the world, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in taste, being much more savory and flavorful than many of the other quinoa bowls I’ve made. And it pays modern homage to my Italian heritage!