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Asparagus with Crispy Pancetta

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Claire Spollen



Serves 4 (serving size: about 3 ounces asparagus)

Dress up plain asparagus by sprinkling with pancetta, often referred to as Canadian bacon, and seasoning with pepper and lemon juice for a fresh taste.


  • 1.5 ounces pancetta
  • 1 pound trimmed asparagus spears
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 70
  • fat 4.3 g
  • satfat 1.6 g
  • sodium 158 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cut pancetta into matchsticks; cook in a nonstick skillet 3 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Cook asparagus in boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Sprinkle pancetta over asparagus. Season with pepper and lemon juice.

Cook's Notes

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