pan·​cet·​ta | \ (ˌ)pan-ˈche-tə How to pronounce pancetta (audio) \

Definition of pancetta

: unsmoked bacon used especially in Italian cuisine

Examples of pancetta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the pasta menu, the Mafaldini Pescatore, with its bounty of seafood delights in a light tomato broth, stood out among gems like a lasagna Bolognese and a bucatini with pancetta and cherry tomato confit. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 11 Jan. 2022 Coat a large sauté pan with olive oil, add the pancetta, and bring to medium-high heat. Joanne Rosa, ABC News, 24 Nov. 2021 My supposedly scratch recipe for spaghetti carbonara would be nothing without the skill of the cheese-maker who made the Parmigiano, the curer who made the pancetta or guanciale and the chickens who laid the eggs. Bee Wilson, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 All begin with some combination of olive oil, butter and/or pancetta or other pork fat. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 Toss together the Brussels sprouts, 3 tablespoons olive oil, pancetta, shallot, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper on a sheet pan until everything is combined and well coated in the oil. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Sep. 2021 Consider pairing with pork chops and pesto, potato croquettes and pancetta. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 That explains the curiously uniform blobs of salami and pancetta in the photos of the pizzas on offer. Julia Buckley, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 Start with an aromatic base, whether that’s alliums cooked in olive oil or rendered fat from something like bacon or pancetta. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of pancetta was in 1841

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22 Jan 2022

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“Pancetta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of pancetta

: a kind of Italian bacon


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