The last 10 days for us has been a bit of a whirlwind. We’ve been away from home for 10 days. Driving from NY to TX we saw family, a dear friend, and 10 states…. Only to return home and realize it’s almost New Year’s Eve. Wait! What? I need a dish to celebrate the New Year! Hmmmm…..What will it be???? Black eyed peas? Maybe. Then I saw The Today Show as I was leaving my hotel a couple of days ago and a woman was featuring a few delicious ways to ring in 2014 Italian Style.
Cotechino sausage with lentils. Now you have my attention!
It’s a New Year’s tradition in Italy to eat cotechino and lentils on New Year’s Day to bring good luck for the coming year- the pork and lentils represent richness and money. Cotechino is an uncooked, fatty sausage about 3 inches in diameter and most prevalent in Northern Italy. It’s pretty difficult to find in the U.S.
No worries. The woman said sweet Italian sausage was a good substitution. I decided this was my NY dish…. My version of cotechino and lentils without the cotechino :). So I guess that makes it sweet Italian sausage and lentils. I added orzo to break up the texture of the lentils. Either way. This creamy dish is inexpensive, EASY to make and does not disappoint.
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