Spinach with Bacon
Spinaci con Pancetta

serves: Serves 4

Everything tastes better with bacon, and so does spinach. The Italians often use rendered pieces of pancetta or prosciutto to flavor their vegetables, especially the winter vegetables like chicory, kale, Savoy cabbage, cauliflowers and the like.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
6 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
2 (10-ounce) bags spinach, washed and trimmed
¼ teaspoon kosher salt


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, add garlic. Let the garlic sizzle for a minute or 2, then add the pancetta. Sauté pancetta fat is rendered and pancetta is crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the spinach, 1/2 cup water and the salt. Cover and cook until spinach is tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Uncover and increase heat to high to cook away excess liquid, about 1 minute. Serve immediately.