Sprouts with chestnuts & crisp pancetta

Sprouts with chestnuts & crisp pancetta

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 8
If you struggle to get the family to eat their sprouts, try adding some chestnuts and pancetta to make an irresistible side dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal134
  • fat6g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre4g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.97g
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  • 500g Brussels sprouts, trimmed
    Brussels sprouts

    Brussels sprouts

    bruss-ell spr-ow-t

    The quintessential Christmas dinner veg, Brussels sprouts are thought to have been cultivated in…

  • 140g diced pancetta



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

  • 200g cooked chestnuts, broken into large pieces



    'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' that kitsch old Nat King Cole song perfectly…

  • 1 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 200ml vegetable stock


  1. Boil the sprouts for 3 mins until starting to soften slightly, then drain. Fry the pancetta until crisp, then remove from the pan and set aside. Add the chestnuts and sugar, tossing in the pan, then add the stock and reduce by half. Add the sprouts and pancetta back to the pan and warm through to serve.

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1st May, 2016
I enjoyed this. Tasty. However, not having any chestnuts, I asked google for possible substitutes - had a larder with hazelnut, cashew, brazil, peanut... google said hazelnut. I'm not sure google is right, at least in regard to this dish. Pancetta, sprouts and the reduced stock worked well - you could probably skip the nuts altogether now I think about it.
3rd Feb, 2012
I really enjoyed this, my bf not so much. Filling and tasty, but a required taste I think
25th Dec, 2011
Tis OK. Pleased enough with the results to serve up, but the whole vegetable stock thing seemed a bit odd...
7th Dec, 2011
I made this last year and it was great. I do not know why Mary has only rated this a 2 star. Really easy to make and tasty.
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