Microwave Spanish Rice and Lentil Pilaf

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 50 mins

Great side dish that doesn't heat up the kitchen. I start this before I get the rest of supper ready, and often have a few minutes to rest before I call the kids in.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine (drained) lentils, rice, tomatoes, stock, basil, cinnamon and sugar in microwave-safe casserole dish.
  2. Cover and microwave on HIGH (100%) 8-10 minutes. Continue cooking on MED (50%) 40-45 minutes until rice is tender and fluffy.
  3. Let stand covered for 5 minutes, sprinkle with your choice of cheese.
Most Helpful

5 5

I love this rice! The cinnamon adds a really interesting flavor and a natural sweetness. I didn't add any sugar and my daughter still thought it was a bit too sweet. I used black beans, just because I love them with rice and it was absolutely delicious. I'll definitely be cooking this regularly! Thanks for the fantastic post.

Im not sure what I did wrong, I REALLY wanted this to work. After the 20 min on MED all my rice was burnt to a crisp! I wonder if my wattage is off, but my microwave is really old and not too strong so I dont know. I drained my beans maybe that was it? Oh well!

5 5

I couldn't find canned lentils, so I made this with canned black beans I had on hand. It was wonderful. My sister and I ate together and she went back for seconds AND thirds! It is a bit sweet, which was fine with me, but if cooking for somebody who prefers less sweet, I would forego the Tbs of sugar. It was also a bit on the soupy side, but that may have been because I didn't drain the beans (I wasn't sure from the directions whether I should or not). All in all, an excellent addition to my cooking repertoire.