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Thumb_8682_Lentil Soup With Chorizo And Potatoes

Thumb_8682_Lentil Soup With Chorizo And Potatoes

This hearty, spicy soup will warm you all the way through. The potato is really for body. If you want to a thicker, chunkier soup, add one more.

Thumb_4757_Sauteed Asparagus With Pancetta And Garlic

Thumb_4757_Sauteed Asparagus With Pancetta And Garlic

The crispy fat of the pancetta complements the tender green asparagus without overpowering it. While the lemon brightens all the ingredients, we also like to add a dash of red pepper flakes to highlight the flavors.

Thumb_8375_Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta, Pecorino And Marjoram

Thumb_8375_Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta, Pecorino And Marjoram

This is a great take on a classic autumn dish. Pancetta adds meaty richness, marjoram adds woodsy warmth, and pecorino adds a salty tang. Rosemary and oregano would both work well in place of the marjoram.

Thumb_8078_Spicy Spaghetti With Tomatoes And Pancetta

Thumb_8078_Spicy Spaghetti With Tomatoes And Pancetta

Doesn't this recipe sound good? It is. If you'd like some ideas about what to eat with it, click on the "goes with..." tab to the left. For the lowdown on ingredients, techniques and tools, click on "related tips."

Thumb_8670_Lima Beans And Radicchio With Pancetta

Thumb_8670_Lima Beans And Radicchio With Pancetta

This is a dish that might just change your opinion of lima beans from "yuck" to "yum!" Stick to fresh or frozen, instead of canned, and the results are quite delicious.

Thumb_10154_Fig, Pancetta And Butternut Squash Risotto

Thumb_10154_Fig, Pancetta And Butternut Squash Risotto

One of our favorite restaurants, Birmingham's Highland's Bar & Grill, makes a butternut squash and fig risotto that is almost dessert-ish. Using that as a jumping-off point, we added the salty pancetta and roasted the butternut squash for more depth.

Thumb_9257_Bacon And Kale Gratin

Thumb_9257_Bacon And Kale Gratin

Red Russian Kale is gorgeous, with its deep emerald-green leaves and red ribs, but like most grown-up kale, it’s most tender when it’s cooked a long time. Read more about this recipe at hogwash.

Thumb_4601_Italian Cabbage And White Bean Soup

Thumb_4601_Italian Cabbage And White Bean Soup

This is a mostly healthful soup, with a bit of pancetta for some extra flavor.  If you want, you could leave it out...but it's just so good. Bacon will do as well. 

Thumb_21605_Minestra Di Pasta E Piselli

Thumb_21605_Minestra Di Pasta E Piselli

You can easily make this Italian pasta and pea soup vegetarian by omitting the pancetta and using vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth.

Thumb_15684_Kale, White Bean And Escarole Soup

Thumb_15684_Kale, White Bean And Escarole Soup

Instead of just kale or escarole, this soup uses both. The combination creates a soup that has more depth and zest. Serve this soup with toasted Italian bread and a drizzle of olive oil. 

Thumb_19243_Five-Spice Chestnut-Squash Soup With Crispy Pancetta

Thumb_19243_Five-Spice Chestnut-Squash Soup With Crispy Pancetta

In this creamy, winter soup, Chinese five-spice powder adds just the right exotic note to the mild sweetness of the chestnuts and butternut squash.

Thumb_16561_Yellow Split Pea Soup With Autumn Squash And Kale

Thumb_16561_Yellow Split Pea Soup With Autumn Squash And Kale

Farmers market tomatoes, squash, rosemary and kale make fine flavorings for a split pea soup.  Read more about this recipe in Fresh From the Farmer's Market.