Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta {Guest Post}

Hi everyone! It’s Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny and I’m super excited to be guest posting for Rachel today.  Last time I was here I brought homemade pudding pops, but today I’m bringing the vegetables! 

Let’s hope that you didn’t see the title and run away screaming.  Brussels sprouts are really delicious.  They are in my top five of favorite vegetables.  Plus they are jammed packed with vitamins and minerals – vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, folate, iron and fiber.

These little cabbage looking vegetables are a powerhouse of nutrition!

I made mine with pancetta (which may take away from some of the nutritious aspect of the recipes….) and it was amazing! If you are not familiar with pancetta it’s amazing and you should definitely give it a try! In the word of Rachel “it’s bacon with high heels and pearls on.”  Totally true.

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta: 
1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts – trimmed and cut in half
Olive oil
3 ounces pancetta – chopped
1 small shallot – diced
Salt and pepper
Blanch the Brussels sprouts in a pot of boiling water for 4-5 minutes and then drain.
In a large skillet, over medium heat, add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the pancetta and cook until starting to get crisp.  Add shallots and sauté for a few minutes. Add Brussels sprouts to the pan and sauté until they start to brown. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!!!


Don’t those look delicious? Brandy is a genius in the kitchen and she takes such beautiful photos. We have big plans to get together sometime and create some great food. Hopefully she’ll give me some photography tips too! Don’t forget to check out her site. You may also find her on Twitter, Facebook, Stumble Upon or Pinterest.

If you’re a Brussels sprouts lover, check out my version with maple and cayenne.

Thanks for guest posting, Brandy! I appreciate it!

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  3. There is a study that says the bacon or pancetta is actually made less bad for you by including the Brussels sprouts , wish I had the link.

  4. Going to add this to my “Make this Dish List”! Thanks for sharing.

    “Spice it Up”

  5. We love brussel sprouts in this house! These look amazing.

  6. We love brussel sprouts! We will definitely try this dish! :)

  7. Thank you so much letting me guest post! You are too kind :)

  8. This is terrific! I HAVE brussel sprouts in my veggie drawer right now & was just trying to decide how to cook them tonight. Thanks for this lifesaver of a recipe, Nutmeg Nanny and Notrachaelray!

  9. Yum! I love brussels sprouts and ironically just bought a huge bag from costco… need to run and buy some pancetta ASAP! :)

  10. Simple ingredients but big on flavor and nutrients! How could anyone not like these? Cheers!

  11. I love Brussels sprouts, and these look SO amazing!!

  12. This is exactly how I got my family to eat Brussels sprouts – they loved it then and now it’s a Thanksgiving tradition :)

  13. delicious- if you don’t like brussel sprouts before this post everyone will now!

  14. Great guest post! I recently tried Brussels sprouts for the first time, and am a fan. I love the idea of pancetta!

  15. I have been getting alot of brussels sprouts lately; they are my hubby’s favorite. Looking forward to trying this delicious recipe. Great post from Brandy! :)

  16. Love Brussels Sprouts…especially with anything bacon-y. Yours look cooked to perfection. I have also sent them through the slicer blade of my Cuisinart and then made a warm wilted brussels salad with bacon vinaigrette (top with crumbled blue). I used to think I hated Brussels but then I started to cook them and I never looked back.

  17. I love that brussels sprouts are having their moment. It makes it so much easier to find yummy sounding recipes.

  18. Yummy! I’ve found that even my husband will eat brussel sprouts if it includes bacon so I’ll have to try pancetta next time!

  19. I make this exact recipe and I love it! Anything with pancetta rocks.

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  21. Those look so good. I only ever roast my Brussels sprouts, but I would love to try them this way.

  22. Mmm I love a good brussel sprout recipe!

  23. Two great ladies in one tag-team post. With those perfect green Brussels. Love them!

  24. Awesome guest post! LOVE brussels sprouts!

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