I had some homemade vegetarian lentil soup that was too liquid for my tastes, so I made this casserole with it, substituting sweet Italian sausage and regular long-grained rice. It was flavorful enough to not need the cheese, and although it wasn't a particularly pretty dish, it tasted great.
Sausage & Lentil Casserole
Requiring 45 minutes from start to finish, this casserole classic is one of the longer recipes in this book; however, it takes only about 10 minutes to assemble. While it bakes, you can put together a salad, or simply enjoy a glass of wine. If you want to make it vegetarian, substitute soy “sausage” for the Italian sausage and vegetable broth for the chicken broth.