how to cook them? Recipe and tips

How to cook stewed lentils? The recipe for the tasty and rustic side dish, typical of the Italian New Year’s Eve.

According to tradition, if you eat on New Year’s Eve, they bring money; we cannot guarantee this, but we have no doubt that they are a tasty side dish! Stewed lentils, in their classic preparation, conquer with theirs simplicity: rustic and without frills, they are delicious.

For this recipe we will use all quality products, to then give you too some advice on the preparation and the variant. You will see that there will be no problems preparing it at home and you will amaze your guests and the whole family.

Stewed lentils
Stewed lentils

How to prepare stewed lentils? The traditional recipe without soaking

Fried with bacon and sage

1. In a saucepan, heat due spoons of oil, then add a chopped sage leaf and fry together with bacon and diced carrot, celery and onion.

Combine tomato puree, salt and pepper
Combine tomato puree, salt and pepper

2. Add the tomato puree, season with salt and pepper and cook for a quarter of an hour.

Add lentils and water and cook

3. Wash the lentils well under running water and add them to the pan with the sautéed vegetables. Mix, let it taste for 10 minutes, then cover them with water and cook them for about 1 hour.

4. Stir from time to time and, if they are too dry, add more water (in moderation).

And there it is video recipe very easy to prepare them at home without effort:

Now you can combine it with the second course of meat you prefer or serve them alone on the table, they will make a great impression.

Come accompanying wines we suggest: Piave Raboso DOC, Montescudaio Rosso DOC or Pollino DOC.

Making lentils without stress: preparation tips for an easy recipe

You may be wondering how long it takes to cook the lentils and why we didn’t soak the legume: the reality is that it is not necessary, get yourself some small lentils (preferably from Castelluccio di Norcia) and let the water in the pan cook them for about 1 hour. If you see that the mixture is too dry, add more water, as we have already advised, and then you will see that the result will be perfect.

As for the ingredients to use for this recipe, we have prepared stewed lentils with tomato and bacon, but you can easily omit both even if you are advised to add at least a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste which will transform the taste of vegetarian stewed lentils. If, on the other hand, you want to exaggerate with this traditional recipe, adding some sausage to the lentils (only at the end of cooking) can only benefit the final flavor of the dish. If you want instead opt for a great classic offer them with a zamponewhile for a different idea, we suggest risotto with lentils and cotechino.

Last two tips: be careful not to work the lentils too much, you risk breaking them all apart and ending up with almost a lentil hummus! Furthermore, like many dishes, stewed lentils are even tastier the day after have cooked them. For this reason we suggest you prepare them first, and heat them in a pot with the addition of a drop of water before serving them.


If you do not consume them immediately after preparation, we recommend keeping them in the refrigerator for about 2 dayscarefully stored in an airtight container.

Also discover all our Christmas side dishes: you will love them!

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