Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Recipe

David Dial | Spiced Blog

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta cook up beautifully in a cast iron skillet. You'll love the pancetta!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Photo

I’ve always had a natural curiosity when it comes to the kitchen. Whenever I see a new type of food, I often look at it and think, “Hmmm… I wonder if I can make that at home?” Sometimes it works. Sometimes it takes several attempts before I’m satisfied.

And sometimes, a food is so decadent that I’m perfectly happy enjoying it and not even attempting to recreate it. (That happened more than once when we were sampling lots and lots of chocolate truffles in Belgium.)

This same natural curiosity extends into the garden for me. I’ve mentioned on a number of occasions how we grow all sorts of fruits and veggies in our backyard. When we bought our house here in upstate New York several years ago, I spent that first summer clearing the back corner of the yard and building several raised beds for our garden. I used the planks from the old back porch that we took out to build the beds. It was a fun project!

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The next spring, we planted all sorts of veggies. I researched the types of plants that grow well in upstate New York, and I pretty much planted all of them. That first year’s garden was a bit of a jungle. I learned my lesson about overplanting, that's for sure.

One of the many veggies we grew in the garden that year was Brussels sprouts. That same curiosity from the kitchen carried into the garden. I told my wife, “Hey, Brussels sprouts apparently grow well up here. Wanna plant some?” She was game, so we popped those sprouts into the garden and watched them grow.

Truthfully, we had to Google what Brussels sprouts plants looked like… that’s how clueless I was about them. Sure enough, by the end of the season, we had a big plant full of sprouts. And we grew ‘em. How cool is that?

It turned out that Brussels sprouts take up a lot of garden space and overshadow other nearby plants. We decided that the amount of realty is too much for how many sprouts you get off of each plant, but it was still a fun experiment. Now we just pick up sprouts in the grocery store whenever we need them for a recipe.

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One of my favorite ways to eat Brussels is actually just simply roasting them up in a cast iron skillet. It’s a quick and tasty side dish that can easily be made on a weeknight.

These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta aren’t your mom’s Brussels sprouts. "You can’t get up from the table until you eat your Brussels." Nope, you won’t hear that around this roasted Brussels sprouts recipe. Instead, you’ll be asking if there are any more in the skillet.

These sprouts are golden brown on the outside and tender on the inside, and they partner well with the crispy, flavorful pancetta. If you want to mix it up a bit, consider adding shaved Parmesan or a couple small spoonfuls of goat cheese (trust!) to the Brussels before serving. Both variations work, and both add a new twist on this classic side dish. Enjoy!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 4 ounces Pancetta, Diced
  • 16 ounces Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the diced pancetta and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until slightly crispy.
  3. Meanwhile, rinse Brussels sprouts and slice each one in half lengthwise. Place sliced sprouts in a medium bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until sprouts are evenly coated.
  4. Add the sprouts to the skillet with the cooked pancetta. Stir until well mixed. Place skillet in oven and roast for 15 minutes.
  5. Stir the sprouts and return the skillet to the oven for 15-17 more minutes, or until sprouts are golden brown in color.


Cooking Method:
Cast Iron Cooking
Side Dishes
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Author: David Dial
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 140
Calories 230

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g
  Saturated Fat 7g
Sodium 629mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
David Dial

About David

David is bringing up the guy quotient here on Food Fanatic, representing all things Grilling in a big way. On his own site, Spiced, David covers every kind of culinary adventure.

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