Sausage & Lentil Casserole

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Sausage & Lentil Casserole

Sausage & Lentil Casserole

Requiring 45 minutes from start to finish, this casserole classic is one of the longer recipes in this book; 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.

Serves 2

Prep Time 10 min

Total Time 45 min.

Ingredients

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

Cooking Directions

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.


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