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Melted Collard Greens with Pancetta

Collard Greens, the powerhouse cruciferous vegetable can be made easily in 15 minutes and is a great side.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 1 bunch fresh collard greens
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil you could use less
  • small hunk pancetta when chopped makes 2 tablespoons
  • 2 small garlic cloves minced
  • 3/4 cup meat chicken or pork broth (you could use water)
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • red pepper flakes to taste


  • Prepare collard greens, by washing, rinsing, drying. Cut out ribs in center and then slice in ribbons.
  • Fry pancetta in olive oil on medium heat, until fat is rendered.
  • Add garlic, saute about a minute.
  • Add in chopped greens and ¼ cup water or broth. Simmer until the water evaporates, add another ¼ cup. Kale will be braised, but still have body when done. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
  • You could toss with a bit of vinegar or lemon juice as an option.