pan·cet·ta | \(ˌ)pan-ˈche-tə \

Definition of pancetta 

: unsmoked bacon used especially in Italian cuisine

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Sprinkle it onto pizza dough with pancetta, garlic, and basil. Posie Harwood, Bon Appetit, "Butterkäse: The Best Cheese You’ve Never Tried," 22 Jan. 2018 In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, pecorino cheese, salt and pepper; add spaghetti and pancetta mixture, tossing to combine. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spaghetti Carbonara Skillet Pie," 7 Jan. 2017 Cut the sliced pancetta into 1/2-inch cubes or pieces. Domenica Marchetti, charlotteobserver, "These are 4 of the easiest weeknight pastas you’ll ever find | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 In this case, that’s a combination of creamy ricotta, sharp herbs and spring-fresh peas, with savory pancetta accents — a combination that calls for a white. David Tanis, New York Times, "Swirling Spring in With the Noodles," 20 Apr. 2018 The flavorful dressing features shallots and diced pancetta to add a savory twist, which marries perfectly with the fruit. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Salmon a surprising basis for a comfort food menu," 31 Mar. 2018 In a meat market, rows of aged prosciutto dangle from steel rods above displays of sausages, fresh cuts of meats, and an almost-holy litany of salumi: mortadella, prosciutto pratomagno, pancetta, coppa, lardo, mondiola, biruldu. Necee Regis,, "Resort’s Tuscany cooking class has all the right ingredients," 2 July 2018 Meanwhile, cook pancetta in 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spring Pea Carbonara," 22 Feb. 2018 Use cooked and crumbled bacon or diced and cooked pancetta. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Asparagus still rolling in — so many reasons to love it," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of pancetta

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pancetta

Italian, from diminutive of pancia belly, paunch, from Latin pantic-, pantex

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English Language Learners Definition of pancetta

: a kind of Italian bacon

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