12/30/2013 05:02 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cotechino con Lenticche -- Traditional Italian New Year Dish

2013-12-26-cotechinowithlentilscrop.jpgCotechino con Lenticchie is a traditional Italian pork sausage and lentil dish for the new year.

This traditional dish combines two of Italy's culinary symbols of good luck -- the lentil and the pig.
This dish originated in Modena and has become a celebratory dish for the new year throughout Italy.

Cotechino con Lenticchie: (Serves 4)


  • 1 pound cotechino (Italian pork sausage)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 pound dry green lentils
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large carrot, quartered
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh parsley


  • Pierce cotechino in several places with a fork.
  • Place in large pot with chopped onion, bay leaf, peppercorns and thyme.
  • Cover with water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for 45-50 minutes for fresh cotechino; 20 minutes for precooked cotechino.
  • In a separate pot, combine the lentils, quartered onion, garlic, bay leaf, carrot and salt and pepper.
  • Cover with water and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes or until lentils are soft. Add additional water if necessary.
  • Remove onion, garlic, bay leaf and carrot.
  • Spoon lentils into a serving dish.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and slice rounds of the cotechino over the top.
  • Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve

Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous new year!