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Pan roasted brussels sprouts with pancetta on a white serving platter with a copper spoon on a light surface.

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

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  • Author: Sabrina Russo
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x


Brussels sprouts with pancetta is one of the best ways to eat brussels sprouts in my opinion. Charred brussels with crispy pancetta and a hint of lemon will be your new favorite way to eat your veggies.


  • 1lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 4oz pancetta, cut into ½ inch cubes*
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of ½ a lemon
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Kosher salt


  1. Heat oven: Preheat oven to 400°F. 
  2. Crisp pancetta: Add cubed pancetta to a cold cast iron or nonstick pan. Turn heat to medium. Render fat and crisp pancetta, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Brown brussels: Increase heat to medium-high. Add olive oil to pan. Add brussels sprouts, cut side down. Season with salt. Cook for about 3-5 minutes or until well-browned. Flip and cook on opposite side for 1-2 minutes. Season with salt on cut side.
  4. Finish in oven: Transfer pan to oven to cook brussels sprouts all the way through. This may take approximately 5-12 minutes, depending on the size of the brussels and how much they cooked on the stove top. 
  5. Serve: Stir pancetta and any rendered fat in with brussels sprouts. Stir in zest. Squeeze over lemon juice to taste or serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy.


  • For thick cut pancetta, try your deli counter. I ask for a nice thick chunk (either ½ inch or 1 inch thick) and chop it up at home. If you buy extra, it freezes very well. Just wrap in plastic wrap and stick in a ziplock bag labeled with the date, and you’re good to go next time you need pancetta.
  • If you can’t find pancetta, you can sub out slab bacon or thick cut bacon.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: side
  • Method: roast
  • Cuisine: American, Italian


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of brussels sprouts
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 150mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg