Brown Rice & Lentil Lasagna Casserole

This meat-free version of classic lasagna made with lentils and whole grain brown rice, topped with cheese, fresh herbs and marinara, sure hits the spot!

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Cooking time PREP TIME 15 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 40 mins
Servings SERVES 6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 55 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 15 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 40 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 55 mins


  • 3 cups Minute® Brown Rice
  • 1 jar (24 oz) marinara sauce
  • 1 can (19 oz) lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup torn fresh basil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • Impress your entire family tonight with a flavorful three cheese vegetarian lasagna made with Minute® Instant Brown Rice and lentils mixed with marinara and chopped basil.

    Step 1

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F. Prepare rice according to package directions. Stir together marinara sauce, lentils, spinach, oil and basil.

    Step 2

  • Spread 1/2 cup lentil mixture in the bottom of a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Layer one third rice over top. Layer with half the lentil mixture, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 cup ricotta cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers one more time. Top with remaining rice, remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

    Step 3

  • Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more, or until golden brown and heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

    Recipe Tips

  • If you want a side to go along with this dish, serve it with a simple green salad.

Comfort Classic Lasagna

Homemade lasagna has got to be one of the all-time best comfort food dishes. Straight out of the oven, it ranks right up there alongside Chicken and Rice Recipes like a Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole or a Rice and Egg recipe. Topped with three cheeses, this meat-free version definitely hits the spot!

Whether you’re vegetarian, flexitarian or you’re trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, this cheesy, vegetarian lentil lasagna is a tasty and simple alternative.

Planning for Perfect

This recipe may sound a bit time consuming, but after mixing and layering the ingredients together, the oven does most of the work for you. This recipe is great for meal prep for the week and, best of all, it’s freezer-friendly. You can portion it into individual slices and take it with you throughout the week.

This recipe is also a great way to get any picky eaters in your family to get their daily serving of whole grains and veggies, masked with three cheeses, fresh herbs and tomato marinara sauce.

Other Meal Inspiration

If you’re in the mood for something a little more Latin American flavored, try a rice cooker Mexican rice recipe.

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