|The final pancetta|
You see for Charcutepalooza, we're supposed to post on the 15th of every month. I got my bacon done in time (see here and here), but the pancetta still had to dry for a week or more before I could enjoy that yumminess. Now I present it to you, dear readers.
|The pancetta before the cure.|
|The hanging pancetta|
I wanted something simple for my first dish using all this porky goodness. I love pancetta in any kind of pasta dish. I know it brings a depth to beans, to vegetables, but I love it wrapped around some lovely strands of pasta. I wanted to use a traditional white bean for this pasta, but alas, I was out.
It's cold with freezing rain here in New England this morning and there was no way in hell I was going out in that until I absolutely had to. So, as always, I modified and the result was pretty tasty, even if it's not exactly what I was going for. Either way, enjoy and consider joining us for Charcutepalooza. It's a jolly good time so far!
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|The pancetta, sliced|
Pasta with Pancetta and Chickpeas
1/2 cup pancetta, diced
2 small shallots (or 1 large), roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup chickpeas (if using canned, drained and rinsed)
1/2 pound pasta of your choosing (I used thick spaghetti)
salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese for serving
Get your water going for your pasta, throw a little kosher salt in there to get it really going. Cook according to directions, drain, set aside.
Now, in a large skillet (large enough to hold the pasta in the end) - place your pancetta and turn up the heat to medium to medium-high and fry it up. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.
Let the skillet cool a bit and wipe out a little bit of the pancetta grease, leaving some behind. Now, heat skillet back up to medium heat and add your shallots. Cook 3-4 minutes until they're softened. Next, add your garlic and cook until fragrant, do not burn that garlic, you'll regret it later. Now, add your two teaspoons of olive oil, chickpeas, and pancetta, and cook 2-3 minutes until they warm up. The reason we're adding the olive oil so late is because we don't want a ton of it to cook off, we want it to coat the pasta we're going to add. Salt and pepper this mixture to your taste
Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy!
Now add your pasta to the skillet, folding in the pancetta mixture until everything is coated.