Pancetta Wrapped Balsamic Beans

Pancetta Wrapped BeansIn lieu of shopping for my meat in supermarkets, I’ve taken to always buying fresh from the local butchers. Unfortunately, it means that if I’m busy, I don’t get the chance to go into town to shop. Which means, if I’m not organized, by wednesday, I have nothing in the house to cook, unless I have leftovers.

So today, I stared into the fridge for a while before figuring out this. I like to have protein and non-statchy veg for lunch, but didn’t fancy tuna over tomato (again). I wanted something warm! I was thrilled to find some pancetta in the fridge – you know, fancy bacon. And I always have a jar of green beans on the shelves. I reckon fresh green beans would be better, however, the point is that this is a store cupboard recipe. And you might have this stuff lying around as well.


  • 360g of green beans
  • 90g of pancetta (fancy bacon! you could use regular bacon!) 9 slices
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 200*C.
  2. Drain the green beans if you’re using canned/bottled beans.
  3. Grab a handful of beans and lay them on a piece of pancetta, wrap around. Put the ‘seam’ on the bottom in a glass tray.
  4. Repeat 9 times!
  5. The balsamic I had was thick. You know, the fancy stuff that you can carefully decorate a plate with. I poured that over the beans, with a chef-like flourish. (I was home alone…)
  6. Bake for 35 minutes in the oven.

Author: torie

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