Sausage & Lentil Casserole

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 45m

2 servings

Requiring 45 minutes from start to finish, this casserole classic isn't quick to the table; however, it takes only about 10 minutes to assemble. While it bakes, you can put together a salad, or simply enjoy a glass of wine. If you want to make it vegetarian, substitute soy "sausage" for the Italian sausage and vegetable broth for the chicken broth.


  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 link hot Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked frozen or fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth (see Tips for Leftovers)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 cup instant brown rice
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 1-quart casserole or loaf pan with cooking spray.

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and onion; cook, stirring, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add lentils, spinach, broth and oregano. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Stir in rice and pepper. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and cover with foil. Bake until the rice is tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Top with cheese and bake, uncovered, until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes more.

Tips for Leftovers: Broth

Storage: Leftover canned broth keeps up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in your freezer. Leftover broth in aseptic packages keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

Uses: Add to soups, sauces, stews; use for cooking rice and grains; add a little when reheating leftovers to prevent them from drying out.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 9240

nutrition information per serving

467 calories; 13g total fat; 5g total saturated fat; 42mg cholesterol; 748mg sodium; 58g carbohydrates; 18g fiber; 29g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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