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Lentils with Pork Sausage (Cothecino)

Updated: Feb 15

  • This dish is mostly prepared by Italians for the New Year holidays, and it is very tasty. Lentils are easier to prepare if you find already cooked lentils in a can that you can buy in stores. But if you don't have any, you can also use dry lentils, but you will have to soak them in water in the evening, and then throw out the water in the morning. You will put new water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook for about 40 min. on moderate heat, then you will strain it, and continue with this preparation of recipe. This second way will take a little longer, but if you have the time, it won't be a problem. Follow the recipe.

Ingredients: simple, total time: 55 min. 2 serving
  • 1 pack of fresh Cotechino/ Italian large pork sausage, 500 g

  • 200 g fresh pork cheek in piece

  • 350 g of already cooked lentils /or dry see instructions above on the text

  • 1 onion /finely chopped

  • 2 carrots /finely chopped

  • 2 stalks of celery/ finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoon of tomato concentrate

  • 1 teaspoon of minced ground red pepper

  • salt and pepper to taste/ I have put 1/2 tsp of each

  • 220 ml of water

  • 1 tsp of dry spice/ Vegeta

  • 1 Tbsp of Olive oil EVO

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 Tablespoon of celery leaves/ finely chopped

  1. Prepare all the ingredients listed above as described.

  2. Pour the oil into a deep pan, add the chopped onion, fry it until it has a glassy appearance, then add the celery and finely chopped carrot, mix well and simmer for about 10 minutes. After that, add lentils, 1 teaspoon of ground paprika, salt, pepper and a bay leaf, mix the ingredients well add water. Immediately in a small cup, mix the tomato concentrate with a little water, add it to the pan, cover, and stir occasionally, cook for about 25–30 minutes. Finally, sprinkle with celery leaves. Lentils should soften and not overflow in liquid.

  3. When the lentils are done, turn off the heat.

  4. Fill another large pot with water, add the Cotechino and pork cheek when the water starts to boil, and cook for about 60 minutes. (If you buy Cotechino already cooked in the store, then put it when the water is boiling and cook for about 15 minutes). Pull out and cut the cellophane. Cut the Cotechino into 1 cm thick rings and serve in plates with lentils. Serve immediately warm, with homemade horseradish and mustard.

Buon appetito!

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Note: If you have leftover lentils for the next day, add a little water while cooking and leave for about 10 minutes.

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