asparagus

Pancetta Wrapped Asparagus

Asparagus spears wrapped with pancetta and sautéed until crisp. Perfect with brunch or as a side with simply grilled chicken.

Servings: 4
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch thick asparagus (12-15 spears; about 1 pound), trimmed
  • 12-15 thin slices pancetta
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Wrap a slice of pancetta tightly around each asparagus spear. Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and coat lightly with vegetable oil (the more oil you use, the crispier the pancetta will be -- just be careful not to use too much or it will splatter). Cook the asparagus, turning as each side browns, until they are just tender and the pancetta is crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer the asparagus to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess grease, then transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.