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Cheesy Potato & Lentil Casserole

This Cheesy Potato & Lentil Casserole may become your next favorite dish, especially if you are looking for meatless dinner ideas. This casserole contains lentils and chickpeas in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce and is topped with perfect cheesy mashed potatoes that make it absolutely delicious. The perfect comfort food for fall.

4 from 3 votes
Overhead view of Cheesy Potato Lentil Casserole in a white casserole with a person's hand holding it and taking a spoonful out of the casserole on a white background
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Cheesy Potato & Lentil Casserole

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Soak Time40 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Calories: 851kcal


  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese , grated
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion , finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 cups canned tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons parsley , chopped
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas , drained


  • Place a cup of red lentils in a bowl of hot water and set aside to soak for 40 minutes. Drain and transfer to a pot of simmering water. Cook for 7 minutes, until tender. Drain again.
  • Preheat the oven to 360°F.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut into 2-inch chunks. Place in a large saucepan of boiling water and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Drain and mash with a potato masher until smooth and without lumps. Add 1 cup of cheddar and mix well to combine.
  • In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and toss in the onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and stir. Add canned tomatoes. Season with sweet paprika, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes. Add parsley, chickpeas, and cooked lentils, and mix.
  • Lightly grease a large casserole dish. Arrange the red lentils and chickpeas mixture on the bottom of the dish and top with the mashed potatoes. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove, sprinkle with the remaining cheddar cheese, and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Potato & Lentil Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 851 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 963mg40%
Potassium 2319mg66%
Carbohydrates 102g34%
Fiber 26g104%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1439IU29%
Vitamin C 85mg103%
Calcium 538mg54%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Casserole Cheese Lentils Natalia Mantur Potatoes
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