Fettuccine with beans & pancetta

Fettuccine with beans & pancetta

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Put your glut of runner beans to good use in this speedy supper

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal489
  • fat18g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre4g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.29g
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  • 100g pack smoked pancetta rashers



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 350g fettuccine
  • 400g runner bean, trimmed and thickly sliced on the diagonal

    Runner bean

    Run-ner beens

    Runner beans have been growing in South America for over 2,000 years, and are a popular garden…

  • 6 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 15g pack chive, snipped, or 4 tbsp shredded basil
  • finely grated Parmesan, optional



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Put a large pan of water on to boil for the pasta. Meanwhile, separate the rashers of pancetta and cook them in two batches (without oil) in a large non-stick frying pan until the fat on the pancetta is golden. Lift out onto a plate to crisp up.

  2. When the water is boiling, add salt and the pasta to the pan and boil for 6 mins. Tip in the beans, quickly return to the boil and cook for about 4 mins more until both the pasta and beans are just tender.

  3. Drain and tip into a large serving bowl. Toss with the crème fraîche, chives or basil and plenty of seasoning, then quickly tear in the crisp pancetta (keeping it quite chunky). Serve with the Parmesan, if you like, a simple tomato salad and some crusty bread.

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Comments (7)

thecherub's picture

This was a triumph. Needed to use up some runner beans and wasnt expecting much of this (didnt think I even liked runner beans) but this was great. SO quick and simple and great flavours. Will defintely do again.. quite soon probably!

alexamjones's picture

Really lovely and very simple! I sprinkled over some lemon juice which worked well with the creme fraiche.

eleanormayo's picture

I completely forgot to add the herbs, but used the juice of half a lemon and a couple tbsp of cream cheese as I had no creme fraiche - very tasty.

numberonegoat's picture

Totally quick and yummy!

bethocallaghan's picture

Hadn't read the previous comment before I cooked but I did exactly the same! Used broad beans and chopped in the green of the spring onions (I threw them in the pancetta fat after taking it off the heat).

picassointhekitchen's picture

I used broad beans instead of runner beans and it tasted fab! I also threw in a handful of spring onions as I didn't have any chives.

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