1Place pancetta in a medium frying pan and cook over medium heat until it is golden brown and much of the fat has rendered, 8 to 10 minutes; remove cooked pancetta to a plate and set aside.
2Combine cream and chicken broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Slowly add polenta in a thin stream, whisking constantly until it is well incorporated. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until polenta is creamy, thick, and no longer raw-tasting, 20 to 25 minutes.
3Mix in hominy, reserved cooked pancetta, and Parmigiano cheese. Just before serving, stir in butter and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Lemon rind adds a bit of bright flavor to this simple side dish of Pea, Pancetta, and Lemon Farfalle. Quick and so easy to throw together, this is a fantastic weeknight dinner side or a lovely last-minute contribution to any potluck scenario.
How to Tie Pancetta
Our feature on how to make pancetta walks through the three steps: preparing, tying, and aging. In this video, former CHOW associate food editor Regan Burns tackles the tying, demonstrating the knots you should use to truss up your prepared pork belly.
Here's the ultimate, savory weeknight meal for your family. Extra-lean ground beef (which sometimes cooks up dry) works well here because it's combined with marinara to keep it moist.
Basic Boneless Roasted Leg of Lamb
A roasted boneless leg of lamb makes an impressive centerpiece for your table, but this recipe is easy enough to pull off any time. A classic gremolata perfumes the lamb; the mixture of garlic, lemon, and parsley holds its own against the strong flavor of the meat. Read more.