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kale pancetta

Kale with Pancetta

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Course: Side Dish
Keyword: holiday side dish, kale
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Chef Abbie Gellman RD


  • 4 bunches Kale I like lacinto, but curly variety is fine
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ounces pancetta sliced into ½ inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced thin
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Juice of half lemon
  • Zest of half lemon


  • Destem the kale and slice leaves into ½ inch strips. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat, add oil. Add pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until light brown approximately 4-5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds.
  • Add kale and cook, stirring occasionally, until kale is cooked and pancetta is crisp, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice and zest, toss.