Lentil and Vegetable Bake

    1 hour 30 minutes

    My mum came up with this recipe when I was a teenage vegetarian - and it is one of my meat-loving husband's favourite dishes and still one of mine to this day.

    28 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 375g uncooked lentils
    • 2 cups (250 ml) water
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram
    • 1/4 teaspoon sage
    • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
    • 2 large onions, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tin (400g) diced tomatoes
    • 2 large carrots, thickly cut
    • 1 stalk of celery, thinly sliced
    • 1 large green capsicum, chopped
    • 1 1/2 cups (185g) grated cheddar cheese

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour15min  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. In a medium sized greased casserole dish, combine the water and lentils. Season with the bay leaf, salt, pepper, marjoram, sage and thyme. Stir in onions, garlic and stewed tomatoes.
    3. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir in the carrots and celery. Cover and continue to bake until the lentils and vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes.
    4. Remove from the oven a third time, stir in the green capsicum and sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake, uncovered, until the cheese has melted, about 5 more minutes.

    Vegetarian Pie Filling

    This dish would make a great filling for vegetarian pies or pasties. Omit - or substitute - the cheese for a vegan version.

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    Such a beautiful dish and easy! Loved it  -  04 Oct 2016


    This recipe is from the More with Less cookbook - I was asking my mom for the recipe she used to make and she pointed me to this cookbook. It's really tasty and healthy.  -  04 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I liked this! Per the review before me i added a few more spices... onion powder, garlic salt and crushed red pepper flakes. I also didn't add quite as much onion because it just seemed like way too much. Maybe it wouldn't have been though. I also used chopped tomatoes instead of stewed tomatoes because that's what I had. All in all I thought this was very good.  -  14 May 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)