Pancetta is one of our favorite meats to cook with because it adds big flavor to any dish and a little goes a long way. Our favorite pancetta recipes are basically anything with pancetta but we tried to narrow down the list to our easiest quick meals that use this delicious Italian bacon.
If you are not familiar with pancetta, it is an Italian bacon that has black pepper and spices added to the curing process that makes for the most wonderful flavor. It is not the same as prosciutto which is an Italian ham. Many people confuse these two but they are very different.
Pancetta used to be a hard to find ingredient but today you can find it in any grocery store. Most stores will at least have some in the deli area but many have pre-packaged pancetta right in the cheese section.
My favorite pancetta recipes usually use a cubed pancetta. I also like the sliced pancetta for my prosciutto lettuce and tomato sandwiches.
Helpful Pancetta Storage Tip:
Pancetta stores really well in the freezer so it is great to keep a stash there for those quick last minute meals. I will just grab my cubed pancetta right out of the freezer and throw it into a saute pan frozen when I start my recipes. It is a really helpful ingredient to have on hand for those rushed evenings
If you are looking for easy pancetta recipes, here is a great list of favorite pancetta recipes for you to start with. There are pancetta breakfast recipes, pancetta lunch recipes and pancetta dinner recipes.
Pasta with Pancetta and Mushrooms
A very easy and satisfying meal, this pancetta with pasta and mushrooms is always a hit and can be ready in 30 minutes. That makes this a great weeknight pancetta recipe.
Brussels Sprouts Hash with Pancetta and Shallots
This Brussels sprouts with pancetta is great as a side dish, or a light meal and we love eating it for breakfast too! This dish is all about the pancetta and that beautiful caramelization on the Brussels sprouts and only takes a few ingredients to make.
Cannellini Beans with Pancetta and Crostini
Ok, this is seriously one of our favorite dishes! All of the ingredients are things you probably already have in your pantry and the taste is really amazing. Don't let the picture of a bowl of beans fool you in thinking this is bland because we have converted many bean haters with this dish.
Spinach and Pancetta Quiche
Everyone needs a good quiche recipe and we prefer a meaty flavor in ours. This spinach and pancetta quiche is the easiest way to use pancetta and it is a great at dinner, lunch or brunch.
Collar Greens with Pancetta, Ham and Pinto Beans
We love a good bowl of spicy and tangy collard greens and by using pancetta in the recipe instead of the traditional ham hocks, we do not have to cook them all day long. This dish is great served with a side of rice. If you want to be more traditional, serve it with a side of homemade cornbread.
Spinach with Crispy Pancetta and Shallots
This classic Italian way of making spinach is truly amazing and so easy. There is the meaty flavor of the pancetta, freshness from the lemon and and a little richness from some added butter. It is as good as any side dish you would get at a restaurant.