5 from 3 votes
Lentil-Orzo Bake
Lentil Orzo Bake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 190 kcal
Author: Vaishali
  • 8 ounces dry orzo pasta
  • 3 cups cooked brown lentils
  • 2 large carrots, finely diced
  • 2 large tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, use less if you'd rather-- I love lots of garlic in this, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • For the cheesy breadcrumb topping:
  • 1 cup wholegrain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup coriander or parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  1. In a large saucepan, heat the 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Add the onions, carrots, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and some ground black pepper. Saute, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the lentils, red pepper flakes, garam masala, and cumin. Stir well to mix. Add salt to taste. Let the lentils heat through, then mix in the tomatoes and dry orzo and stir well to mix.
  4. Pour the mixture into a large 9 by 12 inch baking dish. Add 2 1/4 cups of boiling water. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes.
  5. While the pasta is baking, get the breadcrumb topping ready. Mix the breadcrumbs, yeast, coriander, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  6. After the pasta has baked for 30 minutes, remove the aluminum foil and sprinkle on the topping evenly.
  7. Return to the oven and bake another 20 minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden.
Nutrition Facts
Lentil Orzo Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190
% Daily Value*
Dietary Fiber 7.2g 29%
Protein 9.7g 19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.