6 of the Best Pancetta Recipes

If you have pancetta and you’re wondering what to do with it, you’re in the right place! Here are 6 of the best pancetta recipes, perfect for your dinner this evening.

Pancetta is a cured pork belly meat which comes either smoked or unsmoked, and is delicious either way. I tend to cook mostly with the smoked version because it adds an incredible depth of flavour, but both work well.

Because pancetta is fairly fatty, I often use it in place of cooking fats. The flavourful oils seep out of the chunks of pancetta while you gently fry them, and this oil can then be used to cook the rest of the dish.

How to use pancetta

Because pancetta is an Italian meat, it does tend to work best in dishes from that region. I LOVE pancetta in pastas, and you will find plenty of them below.

Where to get pancetta

Pancetta is easy to find these days. It is in most supermarkets, but if you can’t find it it’s widely available online. You can find really good suppliers, and because it is a cured meat it travels very well.

My best pancetta recipes

Here are my best pancetta recipes. They all work beautifully with salty pancetta, and all are simple to make with just a handful of ingredients.

Courgette and Pancetta Orzo
An easy and delicious orzo pasta dish with courgette, pancetta and cream cheese.
Check out this recipe
Artichoke and Pancetta Pasta
A super quick gourmet pasta dish – perfect for week nights!
Check out this recipe
Pancetta, Broccoli and Dolcelatte Rigatoni
A decadent pasta dish which is ready quickly enough to rustle up on a week night.
Check out this recipe
Cauliflower, Pancetta and Mushroom Bake
An easy, cheesy, low-carb bake
Check out this recipe
Pancetta, Mushroom and Spelt Broth
Check out this recipe
Pumpkin, Pancetta and Rosemary Pennoni
Check out this recipe

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