A traditional New Year's Day dish in some regions of Italy.
Lentils with sausage will appear as a New Year's Day dish. It symbolized money, and in some areas today it is believed that eating them will guarantee a year of prosperity and good luck.
- 2 cups lentils, rinsed
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups dry white wine (or chicken stock)
- 4 Tbs olive oil
- 2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
- 2 slices of pancetta (or bacon), diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 12 peppercorns
- 3 bay leaves
- salt to taste
- 4 pounds of Italian sausage
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- Combine lentils, water, wine, oil, tomatoes, bacon, garlic, half the peppercorns, 2 bay leaves, and salt in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered about 1 hour, or until lentils are soft.
- Put the sausage, onion, carrot, celery, and remaining peppercorns and bay leaves into a large pot. Add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered 30 minutes. Remove the sausage from the liquid. Remove the casings, and cut into slices.
- Serve the sausage slices with lentils.
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