Lentil Macaroni and Cheese

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A childhood favorite kicked up a notch! This Lentil Macaroni and Cheese is packed with vegetables and lentils for a hearty vegetarian meal.


  • 1 cup pasta, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup lentils, uncooked
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 34 cups mixed vegetables, diced (fresh, frozen or combination)
  • 5 oz frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed to remove excess moisture (or 3 handfuls fresh baby spinach)
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 5 oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Cook lentils according to package directions.
  3. While pasta and lentils are cooking, melt butter in a large saute pan. Add garlic and vegetables and saute for 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle vegetables with flour.
  5. Add milk and cheese and stir until well combined.
  6. Stir in cooked pasta and lentils, add spices and serve warm.