Lentils are protein-rich and make great soups, salads and stews. Try one of the best ever lentil soup recipes with chili, carrots and celery as weekday dinner.
Lentils are present on the table of many an Italian household around this time of year, but especially in central and northern Italy, where they have long been considered good luck to eat on New Year’s Day. As an old superstition goes, eating a plate of lentils — round and small like coins — will bring good fortune and money to the family in the new year.
It’s a versatile dish that, like many good, simple peasant dishes, becomes increasingly tastier the day after. Some like to use half a tin of peeled tomatoes instead of the tomato paste or a glass of red wine.
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