Eating Pork and Lentils is an Italian tradition and considered a good luck meal on New Year’s Eve. Every year we celebrate New Year’s Eve with family and friends and always serve a simple dish of lentils and a dish of pasta made with a pork sauce, and it’s usually served before the ball drops. Then it’s followed by a toast with a glass of Prosecco or Champagne to bring in the new year!
Never heard of this good luck meal tradition? Then join us and experience an Italian New Year’s Eve tradition as you indulge in pork and lentils this New Year’s Eve with some of our favorites to choose from!
Lentil Soup: Simple, light and delicious tasting, Lentil Soup makes a great starter to any meal and perfect to serve on New Year’s Eve! Loaded with vegetables, lentil soup can be made ahead and reheated minutes before serving.
Rigatoni Alla’Matriciana: This tomato sauce is simmered with pancetta (an Italian bacon) and onions to give its rich and savory flavors; and it’s usually served over rigatoni pasta! Exceptional flavors! This rigatoni alla’matriciana is SO good, it’s even addicting!
Hosting a gathering? These sausage bites with sweet & sour dipping sauce may just be the ideal thing! Super easy and fun to serve! Make ahead and reheat before serving. These bites will surely be a hit and disappear as soon as they hit the table!
Lentil Salad with Sweet Peppers: A refreshing, light lentil salad is served chilled and dressed with a tangy vinaigrette. This lentil salad with sweet peppers is very healthy and makes a colorful and flavorful dish!
Sicilian Sausage and Peppers: Made with 5 main ingredients and easy to prepare, Sicilian Sausage and Peppers is a crowd-pleaser and can become one of the best meals for you to serve on New Year’s Eve! Super easy to make and bake! Best of all, this meal is easy on the wallet!
Sausage Stuffed Peppers ~ Delicious stuffed peppers with sweet sausages are easily baked and served! Great for serving as a side dish, or make smaller ones to serve as appetizers!
Classic Fettuccine Alfredo with Sausage is made with already cooked sausages, light cream, butter and Parmesan cheese, making this fettuccine Alfredo come together in minutes!
Honey-Lime Glazed Pork Tenderloin – gets a sweet and zesty glaze loaded with honey, lime juice, zest and ground cumin. A wonderful combination of flavors and spices to make any pork tenderloin taste delicious!
If you’re entertaining and you want to simplify the appetizers with a stress-free idea, try serving a Charcuterie & Cheese Board, adding a variety of cured Italian meats such as prosciutto, Genoa salami, Sopressata and mortadella along with cheeses and olives.
You might also enjoy a few more recipes, try these:
And Liz’s Pita Pizza – only need to add some cooked crumbled sausage on top and bake for 5 minutes!
Eating Pork and Lentils is considered a good luck meal for us and we’re sure there are many other traditions around the world that celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special meal.
Please leave a comment and share some of those traditions! We’d love to hear about them!
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