Brussels sprouts and pancetta

Brussels sprouts is a nice winter vegetable, to often forgotten in favor of other things. Part of it, I believe, is because it is often cooked improperly, leaving it half raw and very cabbage-y. If cooked properly and seasoned with cheese or bacon, it becomes a delectable side, and apparently very healthy too!

So what is the secret to Brussels sprouts? Don’t let it al dente! Boil it first and then sautee until very tender, you will discover a new world. By the way same goes for broccoli and cauliflower!

Brussels sprouts and pancetta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Brussels sprouts and pancetta


  • 1lb Brussels sprouts
  • 2 oz. diced pancetta (substitute with bacon)
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Clean the Brussels sprouts and cook them in boiling water for about 10 minutes. When they are soft, drain them and cut them in half or quarts depending on the size. Set aside.
  2. In a pan roast the diced pancetta (or bacon) until it renders all the fat. Add the Brussels sprouts and let them roast in the fat for a couple of minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of water and cover the pan with a lid. Let cook for 15 minutes or until tender, adding more water if necessary.
  4. If you want add some chopped nuts for a bit of crunch or add some grated parmesan and broil them for a couple of minutes in the oven.

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9 Responses to Brussels sprouts and pancetta

  1. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I'll be trying this too – I can eat brussels sprouts like I eat tomatoes. It's one of my top favorite veggies! Cooking pancetta sounds like a great idea!

  2. Sandra says:

    What a great combination..Love your recipe, Pola!

  3. Frank says:

    Couldn't agree more. Brussel sprouts are a 'controversial' vegetable and I'll never understand why. Made right, as you say, they are perfectly delicious.

  4. says:

    These look delicious!

  5. Angie's Recipes says:

    Love brussels sprouts! Had some yesterday, but I love yours with pancetta more 😉

  6. suzy eats says:

    i love brussel sprouts 🙂 yum.

  7. Elyse @The Cultural Dish says:

    This is a great idea! I love brussel sprouts but am always looking for a way to jazz them up a bit!

  8. Nuts about food says:

    I just made a tasty side dish with brussels sprouts. I agree, they are very good. Although I have to admit I like my broccoli a little on the undercooked side.

  9. Curry and Comfort says:

    Looks delightful. I'm making something similar for Thanksgiving. I love bacon and brussel spouts! 🙂

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