Amazing Lentil Loaf

Lentil loaf

Welcome to my favorite lentil loaf! With protein-rich lentils, mushrooms, and veggies, this recipe will soon be on your list of favorites.


  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 1 C veggie broth
  • 1 C garlic broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 T EVOO
  • 1 T egg replacer
  • ½ C crimini mushrooms
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 1 zucchini squash (yellow or calabaza squash works well too)
  • 1 tsp Italian herb mix
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ c smashed up croutons


Cook the lentils in the Instant Pot 

  1. Rinse the dry lentils
  2. Put the lentils, the broth, a bay leaf, and the water in the instant pot.
  3. Set the pressure cook time to 15 minutes.
  4. Let the pressure go down on its own.
  5. Drain the lentils through a sieve and discard any excess liquid.*
  6. Discard the bay leaf.

Prepare the other ingredients

  1. Slice the mushrooms, celery, and squash.
  2. Add the olive oil to a skillet and cook the veggies and the Italian seasoning for 3-5 minutes. The mushrooms should be brown, and the celery and squash should be soft but not mushy.
  3. Using a rolling pin and a plastic bag, crush the croutons.
  4. Prepare the egg replacer according to package instructions (or use an egg).

Make the lentil loaf

  1. Add the prepared ingredients to a large mixing bowl along with the nutritional yeast.
  2. Mix these ingredients thoroughly and transfer them to a loaf pan or glass casserole dish.
  3. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.


  • If you don’t have an Instant Pot, cook the lentils according to package instructions.
  • As the lentils sit, they will continue absorbing moisture, and you’ll have less liquid to drain. If you have time, cook the lentils a day before and let them sit in the fridge overnight for best results.
  • The seasoned croutons add a lot of flavor. Add a dash of Italian dressing to the crumbled croutons if you only have breadcrumbs or plain croutons.
  • If you use an egg replacer, this recipe is vegan, but check the ingredients on the croutons you use to be sure those are vegan.

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