Cotechino and Lentils
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Cotechino With Lentils

Cotechino and lentils is a typical dish for New Year’s Eve that is believed to bring luck and proseprity in the New Year. Why not to try!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6


  • Cotechino sausage (precooked or freshly made)
  • 1 lb dry lentils
  • 1 carrot , chopped
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 2-3 celery stalks , chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 3 tbsp tomato passata (tomato pure)
  • cup pancetta (bacon cubes)
  • Pinch of pepperoncino (chili flakes)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste


Cook Cotechino

  • Precooked
    Follow directions on the package. Normally, it takes 20-30 minutes of boiling for sealed precooked cotechino to be ready to serve.
  • Fresh Cotechino
    Let fresh cotechino soak in cold water for about 2 hours. This will make the skin softer.
    With a toothpick or a skewer make a few holes around cotechino sausage to prevent it from breaking. Wrap cotechino in cheesecloth and secure with kitchen twine.
    Fill a large pot with cold water enough to cover cotechino. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours. Cooking time depends on the cotechino quality you get.
  • If you buy fresh cotechino at the butcher, ask them how long their cotechino should be cooked.

Prepare Lentils

  • In a large pot add salted water, lentils, bay leaves and a rosemary sprig. Bring to a boil and cook according to directions on the package. As a rule, lentils cook in about 20 minutes.
  • Once lentils are cooked remove the aromatic herbs and drain reserving come cooking liquid for later if needed.
  • While lentils are cooking, prepare carrot, onion and celery soffritto.
    In a skillet pan add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and pancetta cubes.
    Saute until it starts to sizzle.
    Add finely chopped carrot, onion and celery. Saute for about 5-7 minutes and add tomato puree (tomato passata). Cook for another 5 minutes.
    Add cooked lentils to soffritto and simmer for another few minutes adding some cooking liquid from lentils if needed.

Serve Cotechino & Lentils

  • Arrange lentils in a large platter. Cut cotechino in thick round and arrange on bed of lentils.
  • A more rustic way is to serve a portion of lentils and a couple of rounds on cotechino sausage directly in one’s plate.