How Do You Cook Pancetta?

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To pan-fry pancetta, place thin slices or cubes of pancetta in a frying pan without oil. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes per side until browned and crispy. Drain the pancetta on paper towels to remove excess grease.

Pancetta is cured Italian pork belly and is available in smoked or unsmoked versions. You can prepare and use it in a manner similar to bacon.

Pancetta is available in slices, cubes, or rolls, and it stays good for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. When choosing pancetta, look for fat with a white or cream appearance. Do not purchase pancetta that's discolored, slimy, or wet.