These Crispy Pancetta Green Beans are so quick and easy. Not only do they make a great holiday side dish so you can focus on the festivities, but also a great weekday meal all by itself! Whether you go with regular green beans or multicolored like ours, pancetta or bacon, it makes for a satisfying addition to any table.
What you'll need
With a few simple ingredients and a sauté pan we're good to go. We used:
- olive oil
- green beans
- diced pancetta
- salt and pepper
Start by prepping out all of your ingredients, having this done ahead of time makes for a simpler time in the kitchen. Clean and trim the green beans, dice the shallots and pancetta (the pancetta we used came pre diced), and slice the garlic. We used a small mandolin to get nice even slices of garlic.
Now if pancetta isn't your thing or you prefer bacon you can definitely substitute it out. We used this pancetta from Trader Joes, it comes pre diced and is delicious. Bacon is always a solid way to go, but give the pancetta a try, you won't regret it.
Get the Pancetta going
With all of the prep work done we can get to cooking. In a heated sauté pan add in a little olive oil and then add the pancetta. Yes, the pancetta does have fat that will render out but the olive oil helps get the initial sauté going.
Start by browning the pancetta without adding in any of the other ingredients. If you add in the shallots, green beans, or garlic into the mix right away, the water from them will release and slow down the caramelization process. And you want that pancetta nice and caramelized.
Once the pancetta is caramelized add in the green beans. That's right, no blanching first, we're getting right to it! At this point we're not adding in the shallot or garlic. We want the green beans to cook out first and then add in the final ingredients. If we added the shallot or garlic in right away they would overcook.
Once the green beans are al dente, add in the garlic and shallot and move around the pan. Once the garlic becomes fragrant in the pan we're done! Salt and pepper to taste and plate it up.
Can I make substitutions?
Absolutely! Bacon is a no brainer if you can't find pancetta. But again, find some pancetta and give it a try, it's delicious. You can also use white or yellow onion if you don't have any shallots and any type of green bean is going to work well.
Watch how to make the recipe!
Here's the step by step on how to make these Crispy Pancetta Green Beans!
More holiday side dishes!
Not feeling green beans? Give one of our other side dishes a try!Print
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 ounces Pancetta, diced
- 1 pound green beans with stems removed
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a heated sauté pan, add oil and begin caramelizing the diced pancetta.
- Once the diced pancetta has browned, add in the green beans and cook until al dente. Move them around to pan for even cooking.
- Next, add the shallots and garlic and cook until you begin to smell the garlic.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 15