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Braised Green Beans with Pancetta and Caramelized Onions

Braised Green Beans with Pancetta and Caramelized Onions

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 5 side servings


  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 pounds trimmed green beans, blanched
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • In a heavy skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until the onions are caramelized, about 20 minutes. Set aside.

  • Warm the oil in a deep skillet over moderate heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently, until it is crisp, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Add the garlic and green beans and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Add the caramelized onions and chicken stock and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the green beans are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.  

  • Add butter and cook for another 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.

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