Lentil Orzo Bake With a Cheesy Crust

Lentil orzo bake

Here’s a recipe for those of us who love pasta with a passion but would rather do something else with all the time that sometimes goes into making it: my Lentil Orzo Bake. And, it has a cheesy crust to die for.

This is an easy weeknight casserole that practically cooks itself. Really. No standing over a big pot of boiling water, no constant sauteing and stirring to get the sauce just right. All you need is a saucepan, a baking dish, and a little time to chop some veggies and you’re pretty much on your way to pasta heaven. Even better, this is the perfect brown-bag lunch to make the next workday something to look forward to.

Lentil-Orzo Bake

I wanted to add some extra zip to my pasta bake, so I sprinkled into it some smoky garam masala and some cumin. This little trick amps up the pasta without giving it a strong Indian flavor profile — which is exactly how I wanted it.  You could leave out the garam masala altogether and you’d still have a pretty great dish.

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