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Carrot Lentil Casserole

"My husband loves this hearty meatless casserole, especially on a chilly winter evening," says Stacey Krawczyk of Champaign, Illinois. "It's wonderful served with crusty bread and a green salad."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 3/4 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried thyme, basil and oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained


  • In a 3-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray, combine the onion, carrots, lentils, rice, cheese, green pepper and seasonings. Stir in broth and tomatoes. Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours or until the liquid is absorbed and lentils and rice are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 239 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 557mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 8g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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  • bereitbach
    Jul 26, 2014

    My whole family enjoyed this! I left out the cheese and substituted salsa that I had on hand for the diced tomatoes. It had an excellent flavor. I like to eat lentils with tortilla chips so I scooped up the casserole with the chips. A delicious healthy (and pretty inexpensive) meal!

  • Hannah0418
    Jan 6, 2012

    Very Good! Think I'll omit the cheese next time - don't think the dish needs it.

  • keverwann
    Oct 12, 2011

    Made this without the cheese. Took 2.5 hours!!!! to cook in a calibrated oven. Hubby would only eat it smothered in ketchup. Hope you like it more than we did.

  • maggieaw
    Sep 29, 2010

    Really good! This is one delicious veggie dish that requires very little preparation. I bought a bag of shredded carrots which even made the dish quicker.PLUS, everyone who walked into my house said Ohh whatever you are making for dinner smells so good!

  • shmemily8
    Jan 13, 2009

    This was fanstastic. Very flavorful for such a light dish. HIGHLY recommended.