Fresh green beans with sweet caramelized shallots and savory Italian pancetta take vegetables to a whole new level.

Eve

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and boil 3 to 4 minutes until just tender. Drain beans and immediately plunge into ice water. Allow to sit in ice water until cold, then drain well, and set aside.

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  • Cook pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crispy, then set aside. Reduce heat to medium, stir shallots into the pancetta fat, and cook gently until the shallots have turned dark golden brown, about 10 minutes. Place pancetta and green beans in skillet; toss and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

Nutrition Facts

105 calories; protein 3.9g 8% DV; carbohydrates 9.6g 3% DV; fat 6.5g 10% DV; cholesterol 9.5mg 3% DV; sodium 124.4mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2010
As an Italian quite familiar with pancetta I have to say I much prefer bacon! So it was bacon I used in this recipe rather than pancetta. Low and slow heat caramelizes the shallots and that mixture onto the beans (I used the more delicate haricots verts) made for a richly flavored beautifully elegant side dish. That's saying a lot for the humble green bean! The caramelized shallots and the bacon stood on their own and needed no garlic or other seasonings beyond the salt and pepper. Nice. Read More
(58)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2011
Very good but not great. Read More
(6)
55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2010
As an Italian quite familiar with pancetta I have to say I much prefer bacon! So it was bacon I used in this recipe rather than pancetta. Low and slow heat caramelizes the shallots and that mixture onto the beans (I used the more delicate haricots verts) made for a richly flavored beautifully elegant side dish. That's saying a lot for the humble green bean! The caramelized shallots and the bacon stood on their own and needed no garlic or other seasonings beyond the salt and pepper. Nice. Read More
(58)
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2008
This was great and very easy to prepare. I reckon it could do with some extra pancetta but other than that it's perfect. Oh I also omitted the addl salt as it was not needed just seasoned with pepper. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2007
I love this great simple recipe. I added a spash of Balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp of chopped garlic. the addition of pecans cooked with the shallots would be awesome. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2011
Very delicious side dish! I decided to use bacon instead of pancetta since I had it on hand. I used frozen green beans let them thaw before cooking. I came out great! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2011
This is delicious. I also make this with brussels sprouts. The only changes I make is I add a touch of olive oil when sauteeing the pancetta and at the end I put in a 1/2 cup of low-salt chicken broth and let it reduce until it just coats the vegetables. Makes a nice sauce. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2010
Excellent! Simple and delicious. Followed the recipe except I used bacon in place of the pancetta. The slightly smoked bacon and caramelized shallots together with the fresh beans is perfect. Everyone commented that they would like to have this again. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
VERY VERY GOOD! Made for our small group and it was a HUGE HIT! Very easy and when you group the instructions together ex: cook the bacon the same time as boiling the beans it goes VERY quick. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2011
Yummy and fragrant! I dislike pancetta so I used bacon instead. I doubled the recipe so I scooped out most of the fat setting it aside (in case I need to add more later). I love shallots but I've never thought of using shallots for green beans before just my usual red onions. The shallots gives bland green beans an extra special touch to it but not too overwhelming. Of course bacon makes everything good:) this is a keeper! Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2011
Very good but not great. Read More
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