April 16, 2022

I promised to post this lentil soup recipe. This is my family’s recipe. It is a tradition to serve this on New Year’s right after the date changes. The coin shapes of many ingredients bring riches in the New Year.


1 lb bag of lentils

1 medium onion, diced

3 or 4 carrots, cut into coins

2 or 3 celery stalks, cut crosswise into 1/4” slices

2 large potatoes (optional)

1 Tbsp salt

28 oz can crushed or diced tomatoes


Black pepper



1 tsp minced garlic



10 oz frozen peas

1-3 lbs. hot dogs, cut into coins

Pour 1 cup of lentils into a Dutch oven, 5.5 quarts or larger.

Add 3 cups water

Heat on high

Add the salt, onion, carrots celery and potatoes, if using

Bring to boil, then lower heat to medium

Simmer until potatoes, carrots, onions and celery are soft

Add tomatoes, rosemary, sage, pepper, thyme and garlic

Taste for salt. Add more salt, as needed.

Add the peas

Bring back to boil, then lower heat to medium or low

Simmer 30 minutes. Stir and check occasionally to make sure there’s enough liquid to avoid sticking and burning

Taste again and add salt if needed

Stir in the hot dogs

Continue to simmer to heat the hot dogs through


  • Traditionally, this is made with less liquid and with a sausage called cotechino instead of hot dogs. The recipe here is the version my Mom adjusted for us kids. When I make this on a day other than New Year’s I often add frozen Italian meatballs from Costco when I add the tomatoes, herbs and water and leave out the hot dogs. This is also great without any meat.
  • Sometimes, you need to sort through the lentils, to remove small stones. I haven’t found any stones for many years (it used to be very common), but it’s a good idea to check
  • I usually use San Marzano or Jersey tomatoes
  • I don’t use potatoes
  • The amount of veggies you use is up to you. Sometimes I add a bag of spinach – you might have to clean the spinach and cut off any long stems
  • Other possible additional ingredients: 1-2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 cup red wine, 1-2 Tbsp pesto. This is up to you.
  • I have never made this in a slow cooker or instant pot, so I have no recommendations for those
  • Some people puree this soup, but I’m not a fan
  • Even better the next day
  • I hope you enjoy it!

About the author 

beccak - Becca Katz

Becca Katz is the owner of Becca Katz Printables, a shop specializing in paper products that can be downloaded and printed. These include calendars, planners, kids educational materials and games, party goods, and puzzles.
She also designs clothing to sell in the Katnovations Etsy shop, birthday shirts sold in the It's Your Birthday Etsy shop, books on Amazon KDP and a wide range of other products on Redbubble and Amazon.

  • That looks great! I would have never thought of the hot dogs. The only change that I would make would be to leave out the peas, especially if you’re likely to have leftovers. They get really mushy when they sit in the broth. I would cook them separately and would add them to the soup as a garnish at the table.

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