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Favorite New Recipe: Easy Red Lentil Mac and Cheese

We asked Molly Siegler, our food editor, to share some of her favorite new recipes coming out of our test kitchen. Here’s one that’s has the super-fast convenience of boxed macaroni and cheese with a little extra nutritional oomph.

Get the Recipe: Easy Red Lentil Mac and Cheese

This time of the year, “easy” is extra important—schedules are weird and cook time after work and school is limited. Enter my new favorite super-fast dinner recipe! Easy Red Lentil Mac and Cheese takes something you already probably have stashed in your kitchen and makes it better for you and more delicious.

This idea came from a brilliant coworker who started using this trick to add some extra protein to a simple dinner for her young son. Red lentils are pretty magical in that they don’t do much to the end texture of the mac and cheese…just make the sauce a little richer-tasting and creamier. 

Follow along in this how-to video as Molly prepares this easy meal.


As a classically trained chef with a political science degree, Molly puts her food fascination to work coordinating the creation and curation of recipes and other food-focused content for Whole Foods Market. Nothing excites Molly more than discovering a fun new food combination or tradition. Catch more of Molly’s cooking videos in our fall cooking playlist on YouTube.