Great Northern Beans w/Pancetta

July 25, 2013 • appetizers, Babies, Toddlers & Kids, Beans, Greek Food, Italian Food, Side Dish, Uncategorized


This is a huge crowd pleaser for the little ones and excellent as a side for adults!! This recipe is basically the Mediterranean version of Southern pork and beans.  Using Great Northern beans, pancetta, Parmesan cheese rind, bay leaf, garlic, tomato sauce, and a splash of white wine, you can enjoy this healthy, protein rich dish :)  Of course, a healthy drizzle of Greek olive oil brings it all together with some crusty bread to soak up all of the goodness!! My kids also love to dip bread in the sauce :) 





Great Northern Bean w/Pancetta


  • 2 cups dried Great Northern beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 28oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock, plus 1 more as a reserve
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 slices pancetta, diced
  • 2 tbsp. white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small Parmesan cheese rind
  • pinch Greek sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • drizzle olive oil
  • Crusty Italian bread


Heat an enameled cast iron pot and drizzle with olive oil.

Add onion and garlic and sauté until you smell the garlic.

Add pancetta and continue to sauté for 5 minutes.

Add white wine and reduce for 3 minutes.

Add beans, tomato sauce, chicken stock, and bay leaf.

Combine thoroughly and add salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a low simmer.

Add Parmesan rind.

Cover and continue to simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Add remaining cup of chicken stock, as needed to reach desired consistency.

Check to make sure beans have reached desired doneness.

Plate and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with crusty bread.

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