Sprouts with Pancetta & Chestnuts


  • 500 g sprouts
  • 100 g pancetta or streaky bacon
  • 100 g chestnuts fresh or vacuum packed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or rapeseed oil
  • 1 lemon
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper


  • Trim the base of the sprouts and cut them in half lengthways.
  • Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Add the sprouts and cook for only for 2-3 minutes, drain.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the pancetta/bacon until golden and crisp.
  • Add the sprouts and cook for 2-3 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  • Roughly chop the chestnuts and add to the pan.
  • Grate the zest of the lemon over the chestnuts and sprouts
  • Squeeze a little bit of juice over them.
  • Add seasoning if necessary.


For vegetarians, do not add the pancetta/bacon - it still tastes delicious!