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Vegetables > Broad Beans with Pancetta 18 July 2007

Posted by cath in easy, summer, variations, vegetables.
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For this recipe, take a large handful or two of broad beans, remove them from the pods.

Take about 2 inches of pancetta and cut it into slices (which look like Frazzles, those bacon crisps!) and then each slice into short sticks.

Find a frying pan which is the right size to fit a lid onto it. Heat the pan up, dry (or use with just a very small splash of oil, rubbed over the pan with some paper towel so that there is the barest coating. This can help the pancetta start to cook and not burn).

Now, fry the pancetta on a low heat, melting the fat and gradually crisping up the pancetta pieces. Be careful to agitate them and not to let them burn.

Once they are crisp, you may decide you have too much oil in the pan, if so remove some until you have enough to just cover the base of the frying pan. (You can use this oil to fry other things like mushrooms or onions, so keep it covered in the fridge.)

Now with the heat turned slightly higher, throw in the broad beans and mix them with the oil. When they start to sizzle, throw in a splash of water (it may spit a bit so be careful!) and quickly cover with the pan lid, after a minute or two, turn the heat down again. Shake the pan a few times during cooking, they will take about 5-10 minutes, depending on their size. Test one to check it is done. It should be soft (but not mushy!).

Remove from the heat and drain on a paper towel.

This makes a great simple side dish for a meal, or throw the cooked beans with some hot tomato sauce and stir it all into some cooked pasta – yum!

Broad Beans, pancetta, tomato and pasta

Broad beans, pancetta, tomato and pasta

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