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Vegetarian Brown Rice Casserole

Vegetarian main dishes often require hours of chopping and cooking, and a laundry list of ingredients - but not in this dish. This easy casserole turns a can of vegetarian lentil soup into a hearty casserole with the help of nutritious, ready-to-serve whole-grain brown rice, canned vegetables, and cheddar cheese. Because all of the ingredients go into the casserole are already cooked (canned vegetables are simply cooked vegetables in a can), all they need is a few minutes in a microwave oven before they are delightfully done and ready to serve.

Recipe by Canned Food Alliance
dinner, gluten free, nut free, vegetarian, main-dish, sides


  • 1 can (19 oz) ready-to-serve lentil soup
  • 1 package (about 9 oz) ready-to-serve brown rice
  • 1 can (7.75 oz) unsalted mixed vegetables, drained
  • 1 large or 2 small canned roasted red peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided


  1. Combine soup, rice, mixed vegetables, peppers and 6 tablespoons of the cheddar cheese in a 2-quart, microwave-safe casserole or baking dish.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and level the top of the mixture.
  3. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese.
  4. Cover and cook in a microwave oven at full power until heated through and the cheese on top melts, about 5 minutes.
  5. Uncover and cool for 1 minute before serving.