New year starts today and everyone wishes for a lucky year: health, happiness and money. Well I have a secret about the money part. Apparently if you eat lentils on Jan 1st you’re going to get money! I always make sure I get my lentils at some point (or possibly at multiple points) on the 1st. Even if I am not rich I might have been poorer without the lentils, plus they are soooo good!!!! Here’s how I cook them:
- 1 lb lentils
- 2 oz. pancetta
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 stalk rosemary
- 1 can tomato sauce or concentrate
- First soak your lentils (if they need to be soaked) for 12 hours or so. To cook them start with oil, a whole clove of garlic (do not mince it, just add it whole), diced pancetta or bacon (in the case of bacon don't use any oil, the bacon is fatty enough as it is!) and rosemary and sautee everything in a pan for a bit until the fat is rendered and the garlic is brown.
- Pay attention not to heat the oil too much or the rosemary will burn. Now add the lentils and sautee them briefly. Now cover with water and add some tomato sauce or concentrate. Let cook uncovered for about 30 to 40 min adding water if the lentils become too dry. Add salt and pepper to taste when the lentils are done.
- Lentils become even better if you let them stand for a while and warm them up later (you can store them for a couple of days in the fridge with no problem). When you reheat lentils add a bit of water so that they don't burn or become too dry.