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Lentil Loaf

This lentil loaf is so flavorful, you won't miss the meat. And it's packed with fiber and nutrients. —Tracy Fleming, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3/4 cup brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-3/4 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Place lentils and broth in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x5-in. loaf pan with parchment, letting ends extend up sides. Coat paper with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; saute carrots, onion and mushrooms until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in herbs. Transfer to a large bowl; cool slightly.
  • Add cheese, rice, egg, egg white, seasonings and lentils to vegetables; mix well. Mix tomato paste and water; spread over loaf.
  • Bake until a thermometer inserted into the center reads 160°, 45-50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 213 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Brian
    May 22, 2020

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  • jmscoker
    Mar 31, 2013

    I tried to reduce the fat and omitted the cheese. It was seriously lacking. I will try again next time with the cheese.

  • dmv60
    Sep 26, 2012

    Never thought a meat-less loaf would taste so darn good!!! I made a few changes so that it would be more similar to my traditional meat loaf: replaced the chopped mushrooms with 1 C. finely diced mixture of onion, celery, and carrots; replaced the rice with 3/4 C. quick oats (uncooked); used 2 whole eggs; added 2 T. red wine; used ketchup rather than the tomato paste and water. Serve with mashed potatoes and vegetarian gravy. Makes a great comfort food meal that everyone loves.

  • Marthell
    Jan 29, 2010

    I've been a vegetarian all of my 81 years and was brought up having Lentil Roats(loaf). I make it different each time but needed this one to really go by. It is great but I had to put a little hot sauce in mine.

  • dalidigger
    Nov 24, 2009

    I really enjoyed this, great nutrition in a comfort type meal. You will not miss the meat and you won't feel guilty if you eat more than one serving. Use a food processor and it's quite easy!

  • momof2girlz
    Nov 5, 2009

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