Lucky Lentils

FoodDeanne CapotostoComment

The ritual of eating “good luck food” on New Year’s Eve is observed all over the word.

Exactly what you eat, depends on where you live.  In Italy, lentils are eaten as a symbol of good luck and prosperity because they resemble tiny coins.

I always make lentils on New Year’s Eve just like my Grandmothers and my Mother taught me.  I also enjoy them throughout the year.

Here's my family recipe for simple and delicious lentils. 

D's Italian Lucky Lentils Recipe


  • Celery 
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oi
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Bay Leaves 
  • Tarragon (Optional)
  • Dried Lentils
  • Vegetable Bouillon Cube
  • Water


1.  Cut celery, carrots and onions into small pieces.  Add to a soup pot with a little extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt, pepper, and a few bay leaves.  I personally love tarragon so, I add a little and it gives my lentils a sweetness.  Saute until slightly translucent.


2.  Add your dried lentils to the soup pot.  There are many kinds of lentils: brown, green or french lentils.  I prefer black lentils.  Add a vegetable bouillon and water.  (4 cups of water to every 1 cup of lentils.)

3.  Bring everything to a boil and then, simmer for at least an hour.  Serve and enjoy!

Here are a few variations on this simple dish:

1.  Add steamed broccoli to your bowl for a heartier soup.

2.  Cook pasta and add to your serving.  It is best if you use a small pasta like ditalini or mini shells.

3.  Sprinkle with fresh parmesan or pecorino romano cheese.

‘Enjoy this simple, delicious and healthy recipe.