Crispy Pancetta with Kale

Kale is proving to be more than just a fad food as more and more people are discovering its amazing health benefits. Check out my recipe for Crispy Pancetta with Kale and see how I cook my kale down with garlic, pancetta, and more to give it amazing flavor.

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Kale with Pancetta

Course Side Dish
Keyword holiday side dish, kale
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Abbie Gellman


  • 4 bunches Kale I like lacinto, but curly variety is fine
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ounces pancetta sliced into ½ inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced thin
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Juice of half lemon
  • Zest of half lemon


  1. Destem the kale and slice leaves into ½ inch strips. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat, add oil. Add pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until light brown approximately 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add kale and cook, stirring occasionally, until kale is cooked and pancetta is crisp, approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Add lemon juice and zest, toss.

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