Cheesy Baked Lentils

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.


6 servings (4 cups)

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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.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 279

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 13g 20%

Saturated Fat 8g 40%

Cholesterol 34mg 11%

Sodium 276mg 11%

Carbs 26g 8%

Protein 16g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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