New Years Eve Good Luck Lentils 


Did you know that  Lentil’s are  Italian Tradition ?  They  are to bring good luck in the year to come . I make mine with sauté  sausage , the fat from the sausage  gives bounty for the coming New Year.  I have been making this dish for a number of years, and  have had “Good Fortune”  maybe you should  give this Italian tradition a try !

  1. 1 lb bag of dry Lentils  washed and strained
  2. 1 lb sauté Italian sausage caseing removed
  3. 5 cups water
  4. 3 cups beef broth
  5. 1  8 oz can Tomato sauce
  6. 1 cup celery chopped
  7. 1 cup carrot chopped
  8. 1 medium  onion  chopped
  9. 2 tbsp garlic minced
  10. Salt and  pepper to your liking
  11. 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions :  Rinse and strain your lentils.  Sauté sausage  in 1 tbsp olive oil,  until lightly golden  Add to sausage the following  and sauté garlic , onions,  carrots,  celery.   Add remaining ingredients , water, beef  broth ,tomato sauce , and lastly your  lentils.  Allow to simmer  covered partially  for approximately 90 minutes stirring occasionally  in a 8 quart stock pot.



  •  Enjoy with a crusty Bread

Have a Happy Prosperous New Year Readers !
My Motto Love ❤️ through Food !

Split Pea Soup 


1 .1 pound of Split peas
2. 3 quarts of Water
3. 1 onion chopped
4. 2 carrots chopped
5. 1 smashed garlic clove
6. salt @ pepper to taste
7. ham shank bone ( I always Use my
leftover bone from a previous ham
dinner). Nothing ever goes to waste
in my home. If you do not have a
leftover shank bone you can get a
Ham hock at your local grocery

When useing a leftover ham shank bone, break off pieces away from bone and chop. Place bone and chopped pieces of ham in pot of water with your one pound bag of peas. While your water comes to a boil , start to chop onions, carrots, and garlic. Place your chopped ingredients in with your water and ham. Add salt @ pepper to taste of your liking. Simmer for one and half hours. Remove your ham bone, break off remaining pieces from bone and add to your soup.  If useing a ham shank , break off pieces and put in your pot ,  Simmer for at least another forty minutes the soup will thicken the longer you simmer it. Remember to continuosly stir your soup otherwise your peas will sick to the bottom of your pot. It roughly takes about two hours to make this hearty soup.

Love ❤️ through Food is My Motto!

Cannellini and Escarole Soup

  • Ingredients

  • 1  Head of Cleaned and washed Escarole

  • 1   15 oz can of Cannellini Beans
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 4 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 6 oz piece of pepperoni  chopped
  • 6 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 oz Parmesan Cheese

  • Directions

  • Clean wash and chop escarole. Chop pepperoni into bite size pieces.  Sauté pepperoni in evo in a large pot over medium heat, add chopped garlic, salt and pepper.  Add your cleaned and chopped escarole, saute until wilted.  Add chicken broth and cannellini beans.  Simmer five minutes.  Just before serving add parmesan cheese.  Enjoy with  a tasty crusty bread.  Note you can change this recipe up a little by useing italian sweet sausage out of  the caseing.

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