16 servings

Pancetta is an Italian bacon that is cured and spiced, but not smoked. The bacon, garlic, and lemon make plain broccoli great.

Make Ahead

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring several quarts of water to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add broccoli florets, and simmer 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. (Cook in batches, if necessary.) Drain and plunge broccoli into a bowl of ice water to stop cooking process. Drain and pat dry.

Step 2

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of pancetta and half of garlic; sauté 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add half of broccoli florets, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes until thoroughly heated. Add 1 tablespoon lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon salt; toss well. Transfer to a large bowl; cover and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 3 tablespoons butter and remaining half of ingredients. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Step 3

Make Ahead: Cook broccoli and pat dry a day ahead; store in zip-top plastic bags in refrigerator.

Step 4

Note: Find pancetta in the deli meat department of large supermarkets. Regular bacon makes a fine substitute in this recipe.

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