Baked Lentils with Cheese


My mom came up with this recipe for cheesy lentils when I was a teenage vegetarian. It's still one of my favorite dishes to this day, and my meat-loving husband loves it too!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 ⅔ cups dry lentils

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon dried marjoram

  • ¼ teaspoon dried sage

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 large bay leaf

  • 2 large carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Mix water, lentils, stewed tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, marjoram, sage, thyme, and bay leaf together in a 3-quart casserole dish.

  3. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

  4. Stir in carrots and celery; cover and continue to bake until lentils and vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes.

  5. Stir in bell pepper, then sprinkle Cheddar over top. Bake, uncovered, until cheese has melted, about 5 more minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

383 Calories
12g Fat
45g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 383
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 1169mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 17%
Dietary Fiber 19g 68%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 30mg 148%
Calcium 334mg 26%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 894mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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