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.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 1-quart casserole or loaf pan with cooking spray. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and onion; cook, stirring, until the onion...


Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 hot Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (14.1 ounce) can 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

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