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Casserole of Lentils, Rice, and Sausage

Casserole of Lentils, Rice, and Sausage is Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free and this is loaded with flavor. Use Casserole Recipes to find more tasty casseroles.

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There are quite a few casseroles from the early days of the blog that need updating, and this Casserole of Lentils, Rice, and Sausage that I first posted in 2005 desperately needed a photo make-over.  Admittedly, this is not the most photogenic dish in the world, but it’s loaded with flavor, reminding me of Mujadarra, one of my all-time favorite dishes of Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions. This recipe adds turkey Italian Sausage to make it a one-dish meal, maybe with the addition of a green vegetable or a tossed green salad. The recipe also freezes well if you’d like to freeze individual-sized portions to take for lunches at work.

Just enter “lentils’ into the search bar of my blog and it’s easy to see I’m a bit infatuated with these flat little legumes that don’t need soaking. I love to use them in all types of dishes, and the variations are endless since lentils are an ingredient that’s used in cuisines around the world. Lentils are one of The World’s Healthiest Foods, and they’re a good example of the type of low-glycemic complex carbohydrate recommended by The South Beach Diet. In the U.S. many people are only aware of the brown lentils commonly used in soup, but there are many types of lentils.

For an excellent example of the different types of beans and lentils used in Indian cooking, visit One Hot Stove and see the chart my friend Nupur created. (This Revisited Recipe was updated with better photos and instructions in March 2011.)

Casserole of Lentils, Rice, and Sausage found on KalynsKitchen.com

Put lentils into a small pan, add enough water to cover by about an inch along with 1-2 dried bay leaves, and simmer until lentils are soft, about 30 minutes. Whenever I cook Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice in my rice cooker I always make extra to have in the freezer, so I used 2 cups leftover brown rice. If you’re cooking rice to make this you’ll need about 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice or Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice. While the lentils and rice are cooking, brown the Italian sausage well, breaking into small clumps with a metal turner as it cooks. (Use lower-fat turkey Italian sausage for the South Beach Diet.)

Remove the cooked sausage, wipe out the pan with a paper towel, then brown the onions over low heat until they are starting to caramelize, about 20 minutes or more. When onions are lightly browned, add the minced garlic and saute 3-5 minutes more. When lentils are soft, dump them into a colander placed in the sink and let them drain well, discarding the bay leaves. Combine the cooked rice, browned sausage, and drained lentils with the browned onion-garlic mixture and stir in 1/2 cook chicken stock. (I used my homemade chicken stock, but you can use chicken broth from a can.)

Put the mixture into a casserole dish with a lid (or cover with foil) and bake about 30 minutes at 350F/180C. The casserole is done when the mixture is steaming hot and fragrant. You could serve this with some freshly-grated Parmesan cheese or chopped parsley if desired.>/p>

More Ideas for Cooking with Lentils:

Mujadarra (Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions) from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Vegan Barley and Lentil Pilaf with Mushrooms and Spinach from The Perfect Pantry
Lentil Soup with Ground Beef and Brown Rice from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lentil Stew with Sausage from Simply Recipes
Indian Spiced Lentils from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lentils with Bacon from The Amateur Gourmet

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Casserole of Lentils, Rice, and Sausage

Casserole of Lentils, Rice, and Sausage is Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free and this is loaded with flavor.


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice or Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice (1/2 cup uncooked rice; do not use instant rice)
  • 1 cup uncooked brown or green lentils
  • 5 links Hot turkey Italian sausage or Italian sausage (use lower-fat turkey sausage for the South Beach Diet)
  • 2 small onions, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 T plus 2 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1-2 dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • chopped parsley for serving (optional)
  • freshly-grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)


  1. Cook rice in rice cooker or following package directions and let cool (or thaw frozen rice if you have some in the freezer like I always do.)
  2. Place lentils in saucepan, cover with water, add bay leaves and simmer until lentils are getting soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. While rice and lentils are cooking, heat 1 T olive oil in large nonstick frying pan. Squeeze sausage out of casing and cook until very well browned, breaking up the sausage as it cooks.
  4. When sausage is browned, remove to a bowl and wipe out pan with a paper towel. Heat 2 T olive oil, then add chopped onions and cook over very low heat until onions are nicely browned. Do not rush this step; it will take at least 20 minutes, and probably longer. When onions are browned add garlic and cook 3-5 minutes.
  5. Turn on oven and heat to 350 F/180C. When lentils are done, drain well, remove bay leaf, and combine in frying pan with onions, rice, and sausage. Season with salt/pepper to taste. Add 1/2 cup chicken stock, stir to combine, and pour mixture into small casserole dish.
  6. Cover with lid or foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven, let sit 10 minutes. Serve warm, garnished with chopped parsley if desired. This can also be served with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
  7. This freezes well, and can be frozen in individual-size servings to take to work for lunches.


This recipe was originally adapted from a recipe at Allrecipes.com, but I could not find the original recipe when I updated this post.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Casserole of Lentils, Rice, and Sausage is a great dish for low-glycemic diets, and for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. This is too high in carbs for a low-carb diet plan.

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