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A bowl of green beans topped with pancetta and red onion

Green Beans with Pancetta and Red Onions

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 22 mins
  • Total Time: 32 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


These Green Beans with Pancetta and Red Onions are a unique take on the classic green bean casserole. This easy gluten free recipe makes the perfect side dish!


  • 1 1/2 lbs of green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 cup of red onion, small dices
  • 4 oz. of pancetta, small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper


  1. To get started, fill a large saute pan with 1″ of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add green beans with ends trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces to boiling water. Put the cover on and steam green beans for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove green beans from saute pan and immediately put green beans in an ice bath {bowl of water with ice cubes} to stop the cooking process.
  3. Heat a large saute pan to medium high heat. Add olive oil to pan and then small diced red onion. Stir and saute for 10 minutes until onions are slightly caramelized.
  4. Next add small cubed pancetta. Saute for 10 minutes until pancetta is browned.
  5. Add a pinch of salt {not too much because the pancetta has salt already} and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
  6. Add cooked green beans and toss to coat everything. Serve.

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