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.
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.
Thanks to its firm consistency, precooked polenta (usually sold in tube form) can be seared, toasted, or even layered and baked like a lasagna. We keep the slices on the thick side so they have a creamy texture when heated through.