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How to Cook Pancetta

by Elizabeth Arnold

Use pancetta to enhance a variety of Italian dishes.

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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.

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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About the Author

Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.