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Cotechino is an Italian sausage that is primarily used as a New Year’s Eve tradition.

Serves 8-10

 

What you need:

  • 1 Cotechino
  • 1 Pound of Lentils (washed and rinsed well)
  • 1 Large Tomato (diced)
  • 3 Stalks of Celery (chopped)
  • 4-5 Carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 Large Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Large Clove of Garlic
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Vegetable Bouillon
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 8 Cups of Water

What to do:

  1. In a stock pot sauté in olive oil tomato, onions, celery, carrots and garlic until they begin to soften slightly.
  2. Add the lentils, bouillon, bay leaves and water.
  3. Bring to a boil. Let simmer until the lentils are soft (approximately 2 hours).
  4. Salt to taste
  5. In a 6 quart pot place cotechino, 1 bay leaf, 1 clove of garlic, a few drops of olive oil and cover with water.
  6. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 1 hour or longer.
  7. Remove the cotechino from the boiling liquid, cut the butcher twine and slice thinly to arrange on a platter.
  8. The lentil soup is served with a slice or two of cotechino in a bowl on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s as a little side. This Italian tradition is for one  to have prosperity in the New Year.  Enjoy and to all a Prosperous New Year!

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