Written on 01/02/2020
Jennifer Nevins

Would you like good luck all year long?  If so – this recipe is a must!  Italians and Italian-Americans often enjoy lentils and sausage on New Year’s Day because it is believed that eating these foods brings good luck and wealth (especially since the sliced sausage resembles coins).  There’s no time to waste….lock in your luck and make this dish right away!



Sauteed Lentils:

1 lb. Dry Lentils & 2 Bay Leaves

3 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Cup Diced Onion, 1 Cup Diced Carrots, 1 Cup Diced Celery

8 oz. Pancetta, Diced

4 oz. Pepperoni, Sliced

Salt & Pepper to taste

Roasted Sausage:

1 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage & 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil



Sauteed Lentils: In a large saucepan, cover the dry lentils with about 3 inches of cold water.  Add the bay leaves and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for approx. 15 minutes.  Drain and discard the bay leaves.  Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat the extra virgin olive oil.  Add the diced onion, carrots and celery.  Saute for approx. 12 minutes, until soft.  Add the diced pancetta and saute for approx. 6 minutes, until lightly browned.  Add the sliced pepperoni and stir for approx. 2 minutes, until heated through.  Add the drained lentil mixture to the vegetables and stir well.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Roasted Sausage: Place the Italian sausage on a baking pan and drizzle with 2 Tbsp. of olive oil.  Prick each sausage with a knife several times each, and place in a preheated 350 degree oven for approx. 20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.  Slice and serve with the sautéed lentil mixture.