Brown Rice & Lentil Lasagna Casserole

Made with lentils, whole grain brown rice, three type of cheese, fresh herbs and marinara sauce, this meat-free lasagna sure hits the spot!

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Brown Rice & Lentil Lasagna Casserole

Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 45 mins
Servings SERVES 6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 55 mins (+ 10 mins standing time)
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 45 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 55 mins (+ 10 mins standing time)


  • 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 leaves
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • Impress your entire family tonight with this flavorful, vegetarian lasagna! With three cheeses, Minute® Instant Brown Rice and lentils mixed with marinara and chopped basil, it’s bursting with gooey goodness the whole family will love.

    Step 1

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F. Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, stir together marinara sauce, lentils, spinach, oil and basil in a medium bowl.

    Step 3

  • Spread 1/2 cup lentil mixture in the bottom of a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Layer one third of rice over top. Layer with half the remaining 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 4

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

    Recipe Tip

  • 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 dishes, such as our 15 Minute Chicken and Rice Dinner, or our Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole. Topped with three cheeses, this meat-free lasagna casserole definitely hits the spot!

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

Plan for Perfection

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 enjoy it 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. With three cheeses, fresh herbs and tomato marinara sauce, each bite is packed with crowd-pleasing flavors.

Other Meal Inspiration

If you’re in the mood for something with Latin American flair, try our Mexican Rice Recipe.

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