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Pancetta Recipes That Make Us Even More Grateful For Italian Food

It's basically Italian bacon, so... it's basically the best.
02/27/2013 09:22am ET | Updated January 23, 2015

We have Italy to thank for most things we love, from burrata to Neapolitan pizza, and recently, we've been thanking them a little extra for pancetta. For those of you who are unfamiliar with pancetta, it's basically Italian bacon. It's salt-cured pork belly, and is often served cubed, but may also be sliced thin. While both bacon and pancetta are cured pork belly, bacon is typically smoked after it's been cured, while pancetta is not. We've been having a bit of a love affair with pancetta lately, and we're not ashamed.

Like bacon, pancetta goes great on top of salads and soups, and, being Italian, it's basically pasta's BFF. We're pretty sure we could be happy eating Bucatini all’Amatriciana, which is made with pancetta, every day for the rest of our lives. Pancetta also goes great with poached eggs, oysters and french onion soup, but that's just the beginning. Here are 29 pancetta recipes that will turn you into pancetta lovers, just like us.

1
Poached Eggs, Pancetta And Spinach Toast
Ichigo Shortcake
2
Farfalle Carbonara With Pancetta And Sage
Verses From My Kitchen
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3
Bucatini all'Amatriciana
Food52
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4
Nectarine And Fig Summer Salad recipe With Crispy Pancetta
How Sweet It Is
5
Pancetta, Caramelized Onion Puff Pastry “Ravioli”
White On Rice Couple
6
Lentil Soup With Crisp Pancetta
Verses From My Kitchen
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7
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta And Balsamic Syrup
Just A Taste
8
Pasta With Spinach, Pancetta And Pomegranate
Family Fresh Cooking
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9
Baked Brie With Candied Pancetta, Pecans And Spicy Cranberries
Cooking For Keeps
10
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
Simply Recipes
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11
Oysters With Pancetta And Pine Nuts
Sweet Paul
12
Absurdly Addictive Asparagus
Food52
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13
Roasted Pumpkin Risotto With Pancetta
bell'allimento
14
Orecchiette With Chanterelles, Broccolini, Frisee And Pancetta
Lemons & Anchovies
15
Duff's Eggs Benedict
Macheesmo
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16
French Onion And Endive Soup With Pancetta
Cookin' Canuck
17
Watercress Soup With Pear And Pancetta
Baba Ganuj
18
Pasta With Pancetta, Garlic, Lemon And Olives
Sweet Paul
19
Pancetta Fried Rice
Damn Delicious
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20
Butternut Squash And Pancetta Orecchiette
spoon fork bacon
21
Slow-Cooked Tuscan Kale With Pancetta, Bread Crumbs And A Poached Egg
Food52
22
Pancetta And Hazelnut Green Beans
Foodiecrush
23
Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs With Pancetta
Snixy Kitchen
24
Pancetta Mac And Cheese Panini
Damn Delicious
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25
Grilled And Stuffed Tomatoes With Pancetta
FoodieCrush
26
BLT Panzanella
FoodieCrush
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27
Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta, Cranberries And Pine Nuts
Brown Eyed Baker
28
Melon Pasta Salad
Macheesmo
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29
Chickpea Bolognese
Food52
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