Sautéed Green Beans with Pancetta

Sautéed Green Beans with Pancetta

Sautéed Green Beans with Pancetta

1 T. olive oil

4 ounce pancetta, cut into ¼ inch dice

1 T. unsalted butter

1 C. thinly sliced leek (white and pale green parts only, well washed)

2 clove garlic (peeled and minced)

1 pound green beans (stem end trimmed)

1 tsp. fresh lemon zest

1 tsp. fresh orange zest

3 T. toasted pine nuts

2 T. chopped parsley

kosher salt (for seasoning)

freshly cracked black pepper (for seasoning)


Heat oil in large cast iron or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add pancetta and sauté, stirring frequently to brown all sides, until crisp and lightly golden. Use a slotted spoon to move the browned pieces to a paper towel to drain. Leave the fat in the pan. Add 1 T. of butter to the pan, raise the heat to medium-high. Add leek and garlic then sauté until slightly softened, about 1 minute. Add green beans and sauté until tender crisp, 3–4 minutes more. Add lemon and orange zest, toasted pine nuts and parsley; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Season to taste with and salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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