Lunch / Dinner
Cheesy Baked Lentils
With their tender but firm texture, lentils are a great replacement for pasta in this riff on mac ‘n cheese. The acid in the tomato helps balance the richness in this dish.
Preheat oven to 400°. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with nonstick spray.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Whisk in milk, bring to a boil, and cook until thickened, 2 minutes; season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in tomato.
Off heat, stir in lentils and ½ cup each Parmesan and Cheddar; transfer to prepared dish. Cover dish with foil and bake lentils 30 minutes. Remove foil, top with remaining ¼ cup each Parmesan and Cheddar. Bake casserole until cheeses are browned, 10 minutes. Let casserole cool on a rack 5 minutes, then top with parsley.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 276mg 11%
Carbs 26g 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.