Happy New Year from Sue Maree P. I have created a New Years Italian 3 course menu for 2 or double for 4 or more. A healthy starter of roasted tomatoes with fresh mozzarella on my spelt olive and rosemary bread. Followed lucky Lentil stew with vegan gluten-free sausages. Then to finish this New Year's Eve Italian Menu; a super moist and easy 5 ingredients torte Caprese (flourless chocolate cake) known as Torte Caprese, delicious cake served with vanilla ice cream. Most of these menu ideas can be prepared in advance so you can enjoy the evening with your guests.

Starter: Roasted Tomatoes with Mozzarella on Spelt Olive and Rosemary Bread

Main: Lentil Stew and Sausages (traditionally Pork)

Lentil's are a must in Italy for many Italian on New Year's dinner. Their coin-like shape, is believed to bring prosperity for the new year. The lentils are traditionally served with Cotechino (Italian pork sausages) or Zampone (stuffed pig's trotter). However, I don't eat either so I will serve my Italian style lentils with vegetarian sausages.

Italian Lentil Stew with Gluten-free Vegan Sausages

  • Chopped Onion
  • Crushed Garlic clove
  • Tinned tomatoes – 400g
  • Drained Tinned lentils – 400g
  • Basil – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Thyme – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chilli flakes – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Vegetable stock – 200ml
  • Baby spinach

Dessert: Torte Caprese (Italian Flourless Chocolate Cake)