Cotechino con Lenticchie – Traditional Italian New Year Dish!


Cotechino con Lenticche

Cotechino con Lenticche

Cotechino con Lenticchie is a traditional Italian pork sausage and lentil dish for New Year’s Day.

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 & prosperous NEW YEAR!