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Cotechino with Lentils and Broccoli Rabe

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Category: Poultry, Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 3 Stalks celery; halved
  • -crosswise
  • 1 lg Carrot; halved crosswise
  • 1 lg Leek; well rinsed, halved
  • -lengthwise, and crosswise
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Sprig fresh thyme
  • 6 c Water
  • 3 c Dried lentils; rinsed
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 3 c Chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 lb Cotechino; OR
  • 1 1/2 lb Garlic sausage
  • 1 tb Fresh parsley; chopped
  • 1/2 ts Ground black pepper
  • 2 bn Broccoli rabe; woody stems
  • -removed
  • 1 tb Olive oil
  • 1 Clove garlic; finely chopped
  • 1/2 ts Crushed red pepper


Prepare bouquet garni: Place celery, carrot, leek, bay leaf, and thyme in
center of a piece of cheesecloth. Gather ends of cheesecloth and tie
together thightly to create a bag.

In 5-quart saucepot, heat water, lentils, and bouquet garni to boiling over
high heat. Skim off any foam that comes to surface. Reduce heat to low and
simmer lentils until tenderabout 35 minutes. Add salt to lentis halfway
through cooking time . Drain lentils in strainer, discarding bouquet garni;
set lentils aside.

Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepan, heat chicken broth to boiling over high
heat. With fork, pierce sausage all over. Place sausage in boiling broth.
Reduce heat to low; cover and cook sausage until cooked throughabout 40

Remove sausage from broth to cutting board; cool until easy to handle.
Remove casing and slice sausage crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Keep
cotechino warm.

Strain 1/2 cup broth into measuring cup; freeze leftover broth for another
use. In same saucepan, combine lentis and 1/2 cup broth. Stir in parsley
and ground pepper. Keep warm.

In large skillet, heat 1 inch water to boiling. Add broccoli rabe and
blanch 1 minute. Drain and set aside. Heat same skillet over medium heat
until hot. Add oil and garlic and cook 1 minute. Add blanched broccoli rabe
and red pepper; saute 3 to 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender-crisp.

To serve, line edge of large serving platter with broccoli rabe mixture and
spoon lentils into center. Place sausage over lentils and serve.

NOTES : If cotechino sausage is not available in your area, use another
garlic-flavored sausage.

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