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Smashed Green Beans and Potatoes with Pancetta from 'The Glorious Vegetables of Italy'

Dumping green beans in a pot with potatoes and boiling them for 25 minutes, as Domenica Marchetti instructs in The Glorious Vegetables of Italy, sounded like a pretty crazy idea. But I tried it anyway. Once the beans and potatoes were totally tender, I drained them and smashed them up, slowly drizzling in olive oil along the way. Towards the end, I added a pan-ful of crispy pancetta. Somewhere between the first smash and the last, the mushy beans and potatoes transformed into a soft green bowl of creamy comfort food. More

Food52's Sweet Potato and Pancetta Gratin

For a twist on the standard potato gratin, consider cnevertz's Sweet Potato and Pancetta Gratin from the new Food52 Cookbook. The dish is a simple one with only six ingredients (including salt and pepper), but each element packs a punch. The Gruyère's funky flavor cuts the sweetness of the potatoes and richness of the cream, and the diced pancetta contributes its own salty, sweet, and spicy notes. The most unique part about this gratin, however, isn't in the ingredient list. Instead of shingling the potatoes in a large baking dish, cnevertz layers individual servings in a muffin tin, making for a button-cute finish to this easy side. More

Kale, Apple, and Pancetta Salad

With slightly bitter kale and radicchio, crispy-salty pancetta, tart apples and sweet maple syrup, this hearty winter salad hits all the right taste buttons. It's also just a beautiful salad. Be sure your apples aren't too sour, especially if using Granny Smith—you'll need a little sweetness to balance out the tartness of the vinaigrette. More

Sunday Brunch: Pumpkin, Pancetta and Potato Hash

Pumpkin is on everyone's mind (and porch) today, but while there are many great recipes for pumpkin pies, cakes and waffles, there are fewwe great savory pumpkin recipes. The inherent issue with pumpkin is that it's rather sweet, and can tend towards mushy or even slimy if prepared wrong. Tempering the sweetness of the pumpkin with dense Yukon gold potatoes and salty pancetta turns a fantastic ingredient once relegated to soups and sweets into the star of brunch. More

Cook the Book: Lentils with Pancetta

The Lentils with Pancetta have been one of my favorite vegetable antipasti at Otto for ages. On paper, room temperature lentils don't sound like the most exciting prelude to a meal but these little legumes have an intensity of flavor that belies their humble appearance. For a long time I have been trying to figure out what it is that gives them their distinct tang and brightness. More

Panino 'PMB'

The following recipe is from the March 31 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! Sandwiches don't usually require a recipe, but I couldn't resist sharing this Panino "PMB" from My... More

Dinner Tonight: Chicken with Pancetta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I hardly ever cook with sun-dried tomatoes, mostly because they always seemed like a food fad. I have memories of picking them out of all kinds of things as a kid—salads, pastas—and no great fondness to return to them. Yet it was hard to pass up this recipe, where they work perfectly in a delicious stew of crisp pancetta and soft, caramelized red onions. They melt into the sauce and balance it with a nice acidity and brightness. More

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