New Year's Day Country Soup & Rosemary Salt

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Photo by Maggie Hoffman under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

If you're looking for a New Year's Day meal that has good luck built right into it, your search ends here. Lentils have been consumed as a prosperous food New Years Day by countries such as Italy and Brazil since biblical times.

Not only are they shaped like miniature coins, but they tend to swell up when they're cooked; insinuating a full wallet for the coming year. In many countries lentils often end up in a soup as part of the New Year's Day celebration.



  • 3/4 Cup lentils
  • 1/2 Cup barley
  • 1/2 Cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 onion
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley (dried or fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning herb blend



  1. Place the lentils, barley, and rice into a colander over the kitchen sink and rinse.
  2. Add them to a stockpot, add about 9-10 cups of water and cover the pot.
  3. Chop up the onion and add it to the pot.
  4. Add the parsley, garlic powder, pepper, salt, sage, and Italian herb blend to the pot.
  5. Bring the pot to a boil, stir well, and then lower the heat so the contents come down to a simmer.
  6. Season with rosemary salt if desired.
  7. Let the soup simmer for about an hour, checking and stirring occasionally. Add more water if necessary.


Rosemary Salt Recipe

A dash of this gourmet seasoning will have you cooking all chef-like in no time!


  • 2/3 Cup salt
  • 3 Tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder

Place the salt, rosemary, and garlic to your blender, place the lid on and blend it up until the rosemary is chopped finely and everything is blended well. Pour the seasoning into a salt shaker and label.

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