Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Garlic Recipe

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Garlic recipe is awesome!  These Brussels sprouts are roasted to absolute crisp-tender perfection.  My husband and I love Brussels sprouts and with the garlic and pancetta, it definitely is a keeper.

I adapted this recipe from the January 2001 Gourmet Magazine.

More delicious Brussels Sprouts Recipes and the Vegetable Buying Guide (How to choose and use fresh vegetables).

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Garlic Recipe:
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Garlic Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts*
  • 2 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice**
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar (good-quality)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly-ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.  

  2. Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and GarlicCut the stems from the Brussels Sprouts, halve each one lengthwise, and remove any blemished leaves.  With a V-shaped cut, remove the core.  This technique opens the leaves of the sprouts slightly without destroying their integrity, which makes available more area, and more texture, for the added flavorings to hang on to.

  3. Toss together Brussels sprouts, pancetta, garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper in an 11- by 7-inch baking pan; spread in 1 layer.

  4. Roast in upper third of oven, stirring once halfway through roasting, until sprouts are brown on edges and tender, approximately 25 minutes.  Stir in water, scraping up any brown bits on bottom of the pan.  Toss the mixture again before serving.  Serve warm.

  5. Makes 4 servings.

Recipe Notes

*  1 pound of brussels sprouts = approximately 50 tiny sprouts or 17 to 20 large sprouts.  Buy Brussels sprouts of roughly equivalent size so they cook evenly.

**  Lean, thin-sliced bacon or prosciutto may be substituted.


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