Our #NewYear’s Tradition and Hopes for Good Fortune! #Recipe

Each year since DH and I have been married he has made Lentil soup on New Year’s day. Its been a tradition in both of our families for many years to have at least a teaspoon of beans (in our case lentils) on New Year’s day.  Below is the recipe DH makes every year adding his own twist of course! Do you have any New Year’s day traditions?
I also found this tidbit on Epicurious.com
For many, January 1 offers an opportunity to forget the past and make a clean start. But instead of leaving everything up to fate, why not enjoy a meal to increase your good fortune? There are a variety of foods that are believed to be lucky and to improve the odds that next year will be a great one. Traditions vary from culture to culture, but there are striking similarities in what’s consumed in different pockets of the world: The six major categories of auspicious foods are grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes, and cakes. Whether you want to create a full menu of lucky foods or just supplement your meal, we have an assortment of recipes, guaranteed to make for a happy new year, or at the very least a happy belly.


Legumes including beans, peas, and lentils are also symbolic of money. Their small, seedlike appearance resembles coins that swell when cooked so they are consumed with financial rewards in mind. In Italy, it’s customary to eat cotechino con lenticchie or sausages and green lentils, just after midnight—a particularly propitious meal because pork has its own lucky associations. Germans also partner legumes and pork, usually lentil or split pea soup with sausage. In Brazil, the first meal of the New Year is usually lentil soup or lentils and rice, and in Japan, the osechi-ryori, a group of symbolic dishes eaten during the first three days of the new year, includes sweet black beans called kuro-mame.
In the Southern United States, it’s traditional to eat black-eyed peas or cowpeas in a dish called hoppin’ john. There are even those who believe in eating one pea for every day in the new year. This all traces back to the legend that during the Civil War, the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, ran out of food while under attack. The residents fortunately discovered black-eyed peas and the legume was thereafter considered lucky.

Lentil Soup 
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 slice of thickly cut Pancetta, cubed (our twist)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound of lentils
  • 11 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4-6 fresh sprigs of thyme
  • 2/3 cup dry elbow pasta
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan 
  • Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat.  Add the Pancetta and cook until all the fat has rendered and the Pancetta is crispy. Add the onions, carrot, and celery.  Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and sauté until all the vegetables are tender, about 5-8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices. Simmer until the juices evaporate a little and the tomatoes break down, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the lentil and mix to coat. Add the broth and stir. Add the thyme sprigs.  Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes. 
  • Stir in the pasta. Simmer until the pasta is tender, but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan to serve.  

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Candice is a mom of three under 5. Originally from the smallest state of Rhode Island, now living in Connecticut. From working gal to stay-at-home mom, she is walking the path of the Modern Mom.


  1. My husband and I always go to a Chinese restaurant for New Year's day dinner with his side of the family. I love that you and your hubby make this soup, that's such a fun tradition! And it looks/sounds so delicious – bookmarked!

  2. That looks yummm. You are making me hungry

  3. That looks yummm. You are making me hungry

  4. oh yes! i'm familiar with some of these things bringing luck or fortune.

    we are from the south, so black eyed peas & turnip greens are a staple.
    funny tho, i told my hubby i wanted to start eating more beans & lentils this year. must try this recipe.

    happy NY!

  5. My family always ate black eyed peas on New Year's Day but my hubs hates them so that's completely out! ha!

  6. That looks so good my friend!! I love your food posts. You make my mouth water!


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