Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta

Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta

Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta


When it comes to cooking in our home, I am the perfect “wingman”.  When my son is at the house, I turn the reigns over to him because he is a professional chef and I cannot compete with his skill and expertise as well as his extensive food knowledge.  If my son is not doing the cooking, then it’s my husband, who is as equally skilled and knowledgeable even though he has no formal training.

My son and husband are always in charge of the main course, and I love to watch them go head to head on what to prepare for the main dish, and how it should be prepared. My husband is very “old school” where as my son is displaying techniques he’s learned in the best kitchen’s in Los Angeles. It’s all very amusing.

So where do I fit in to all of this? I am the “queen of the side dish”. I really do excel in this position,  because there is never any limitation on how many sides I can prepare and just how creative I can get. One of my all-time faves in the world of side dishes is Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta. It’s easy, can partially be prepared in advance, and I never met anyone who didn’t love this dish. The combination of fresh green beans, savory caramelized shallots and crispy, salty pancetta with just a sprinkling of red pepper flakes is always a crowd pleaser.  Whenever I’m having company for dinner, these are always on the table.

Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta

Thinly sliced shallots for Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta

Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta

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Caramelized Shallots

Caramelized Shallots for Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta

Mama’s Tips: 

Don’t crowd your pan with shallots. Overcrowding will cause the shallots to steam and take considerably longer to caramelize.

Don’t slice your shallots “too thin” as you can see they really reduce in size, and if they are too thin they will stick to the bottom of the pan.

Here is a great how-to on the best way to blanch your beans,. Remember, haricot vert is a thinner bean than regular string beans and will take a shorter time to blanch.

Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta

Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta

Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta

Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta

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40 thoughts on “Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta

  1. Nice post! This is one of my favorite side dishes, I learned from my Grandmother. Her version was with bacon but back then the bacon was exceptional! I sometimes use an Applewood Smoked Bacon from Niman Ranch. I can’t wait for my green beans to start coming in to make this! Thanks for the great photo’s too!

    1. Hi Chef Debbi, I agree with you, I love the Niman Ranch Bacon, it’s a great addition to any dish…even cookies! I bet your grandmother’s version was fantastic!

  2. Sounds like you live in our family – everybody cooks. Shallots are wonderful! (Nice caramelization!) In France it’s almost impossible to cook a meal without them–great with green beans. Ken

  3. Eating at your house would be wonderful! Does your family volunteer your family for the holiday meals? That would be my vote! Your fresh green beens are gorgeous. I could get a plate of this and be completely satisfied!

  4. Oh I love adding pancetta to everything – especially when that something has shallots. It’s something about the sweetness of the shallots + saltiness of the pancetta.. you basically can’t go wrong. *LOOKS* beautiful, too 🙂

  5. Sometimes it seems the side dishes are every bit as much fun as the main course, if not more so. I’ve been making a similar green bean preparation, but yours here with pancetta piques my interest. Now that I know your kitchen is full of culinary cohorts, dinner at your house is quickly becoming an entry on my bucket list.

  6. Hi Sheryl, I’m Mary from Mary’s Secret Ingredients! I found your blog through Suzanne’s! I love your pictures and I’m very excited to read more of your recipes, those green beans look stellar!

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