Lentil Casserole

Your Royko Recipe for May, 2019

Lentil Casserole 
Credit: Royko’s Fertile Imagination.

Lentils, tomatoes, onions and cheese, all baked in the oven.
Serves 6 to 8. 

Sweet potatoes and lentils make a complete protein. If you add them, do so 15 minutes before the lentil/vegetable mixture is cooked. Then, proceed as indicated. 

1 lb. dried green lentils
2 large ribs chopped celery
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. salt
2 large chopped carrots
1 large chopped yellow onion
2 medium peeled, cubed sweet potatoes [opt.]
1 14-oz. can tomato sauce
black pepper
1/2 lb. grated old Cheddar cheese

Wash lentils thoroughly. Transfer to a large pot and add celery, carrots, onion, bay leaves, basil, salt and pepper. Cover with about 1 inch of water. 

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are tender. Stir frequently. Depending on the size of the lentils, this could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Add more water if necessary. 

Using a slotted spoon to drain mixture, place a layer of lentils in a deep, oven-proof casserole. Top with a layer of tomato sauce and a layer of grated cheese. Repeat until casserole is full to within 1 inch of the top. 

Cover and bake in a 300 ̊ oven until the cheese is melted and mixture is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Serve as a side dish or as a meal on its own. 

3 thoughts on “Lentil Casserole”

  1. I don’t recall seeing this Royko recipe before. Off to buy some sweet potatoes and we will have Meatless Wednesday🍠🍅🥕🥬
    PS, I just paid $5 for celery 🙀can’t wait any longer for the price to come down

  2. Hi Karen – it’s a good recipe, a nice change from my tendency towards Indian spices. Want you to know it makes a ton which is okay if you’re feeding a crowd. Next time I will half the recipe and it will probably still provide 3 dinners for the 2 of us!!

    PS, I used Clic brand Le Puy lentils, added the diced sweet potatoes and doubled the cheese (surprise!) Marble + Monterey Jack (just what I had stashed in the freezer)

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