Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Prep: 8 minutes; Cook: 20 minutes

Because a small amount of pancetta adds lots of flavor, you don't need to use much, which keeps down the fat and calories. Browning the butter gives the dish a nutty flavor; watch carefully, though, since butter can burn easily.


6 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Nutritional Information

Calories 83
Fat 5 g
Satfat 1.9 g
Protein 3.8 g
Carbohydrate 7.9 g
Fiber 2.8 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Iron 1.3 mg
Sodium 191 mg
Calcium 40 mg


1 quart water
1 1/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
3/4 ounce thinly sliced pancetta
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted


1. Bring 1 quart water to a boil in a large nonstick skillet. Add Brussels sprouts, and boil 5 minutes or just until tender; drain well. Keep Brussels sprouts warm. Wipe pan dry with paper towels.

2. Cook pancetta in pan over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove pancetta from pan; drain on paper towels.

3. Melt butter in pan over medium heat; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add Brussels sprouts; stir in balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Cook 3 minutes or until balsamic vinegar is slightly thick and mixture is thoroughly heated. Stir in pancetta. Remove from heat; sprinkle with toasted walnuts.


Jennifer Cofield,

Oxmoor House Healthy Eating Collection

June 2006
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