Savoy cabbage with pancetta (flavours of Venice, “Verze sofegae (soffocate)” )

May 10, 2018

Slow and gentle cooking is required here with the lid on, which allows the cabbage to soften and stay moist.

For 4 persons:

  • 1 medium savoy cabbage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 50g of pancetta, cut into lardons
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 spring of rosemary
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar (optional)

Peel off and discard outer leaves of the cabbage and thinly slice it.
In a pan that will fit the cabbage ( which will reduce in size while cooking) heat the olive oil, add the pancetta and the onion. After couple of minutes add chopped garlic and the rosemary. Simmer until the onion becomes light brown in colour.
Now add the cabbage to the pan, give it a stir and start simmering on a low heat with the lid on for a minimum of 1 hour. Stir occasionally and add a bit of water if necessary.
Towards the end of cooking adjust the seasoning and add the vinegar.