Baked Lentils Casserole

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Bring a Mediterranean taste to the table with this quick, delicious and easy to make recipe. As it bakes cut up some whole grain pita bread and toss a green salad for a nice-looking meal.   

Jar of lentils with fresh tomato, onion and carrots.
Preparation Time
  • 5 minutes
Cooking time
  • 65 minutes
Number of servings
  • 5


  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper, optional
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, optional
  • 1 15-oz. can tomatoes, whole, crushed or diced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Wash your hands with soap and water.
    3. Scrub onion and carrot with a clean vegetable brush under running water. Wash the tops of cans before opening.
    4. Combine lentils, water, seasonings, onion and tomatoes. Place in a 2-quart casserole dish.
    5. Cover tightly with a lid or foil.
    6. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and add carrots. Stir. Cover and bake 30 minutes longer.
    7. Remove cover and sprinkle cheese on top, bake uncovered 5 minutes, until cheese melts.

    Number of Servings 5, Serving Size 1 1/2 cups, Calories 200, Total Fat 0.5 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 510 mg, Total Carbohydrates 36 g, Fiber 7 g, Total Sugars 7 g, Includes 0 g Added Sugars, Protein 14 g, Vitamin D 0 mcg, Calcium 131 mg, Iron 4 mg, Potassium 533 mg

    Menu ideas:

    Serve with a tossed salad and a slice of whole wheat bread or whole wheat pita bread.

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  • Baked lentils, vegetables, and cheese make a complete vegetarian dinner in one dish.