How to Cook Pancetta

Use pancetta to enhance a variety of Italian dishes.
Use pancetta to enhance a variety of Italian dishes. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Pancetta, or Italian bacon, is cured with salt and other spices rather than smoked like traditional bacon. The salt-cured pork is traditionally sold in rolls instead of strips. Pancetta will add richness and flavor to a variety of dishes, without the smokiness. When frying pancetta, cut the rolls into small pieces to ensure a crispy texture. Add the cooked meat to your favorite recipes, such as pasta sauces, sandwiches, soups and omelets.

Things You'll Need

  • Nonstick skillet
  • Olive oil
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Paper towels

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Cover the bottom of a nonstick skillet with olive oil. Heat the oil over medium-high heat.

Place the pancetta roll on a cutting board. Cut the rolled pancetta into 1-inch cubes and add them to the hot skillet.

Fry the pancetta cubes until they are brown and crispy. Drain the cooked pancetta on paper towels and serve immediately.


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