Cotechino with Lentils

Cotechino with Lentils... a New Year's Eve tradition. Cotechino is an Italian fresh pork sausage that has a creamy, mild flavor. It is usually produced in links under a foot long with a diameter of nearly three inches. Clove and nutmeg seasonings give the sausage a unique flavor. You may find this sausage online, or in authentic Italian butchers.


For 4 Person(s)

For the Lentils:

  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 1 carrot (diced)
  • 1 stalk celery (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • 2 cups lentils
  • 4 cups chicken or beef broth (recommended) or water
  • lentils to liquid ratios may vary depending on brand so follow directions on packages

For the Cotechino:

  • 1 Cotechino - about 1 pound
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 3 bay leaves


  1. For the Lentils:
    1. In a pot start with olive oil, when hot add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic until lightly browned.
    2. Add the  lentils and stir. Cover with broth; bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer and cook until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
    3. Add fresh parsley and remove from heat. Salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Lentils should not be too dry or too soupy.
  2. For the Cotechino:
    1. Take the Cotechino and poke with fork.
    2. Place the Cotechino in a pot with with cold water. Add the onion, celery and bay leaves.
    3. Bring to boil, then lower to simmer for 45 minutes.
    4. Remove the Cotechino and let it cool.
    5. Slice it  in 1/2 inch thick slices and place on top of lentils.



Recipe Notes


Thursday, 14 December 2017
excellent delicious - juliette
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Why would you poke holes in the Cotechino then take it out of the pot? All of the good flavor is lef...
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