I find that whenever a recipe asks for bacon, I substitute pancetta. My Trader Joe’s carries pancetta already cubed, so it makes for an easy addition. Pancetta is not as smoky as bacon nor as fatty. Plus it’s a lot easier to cook!
Broccoli – separated into bite size pieces
Cubed pancetta to taste
Red onion, thinly sliced (I use a mandolin)
Seasonings to taste: I use some red pepper flakes and garlic powder
Brown the pancetta in a pan until it is slightly crisp. With a slotted spoon, remove it and set aside.
Add the broccoli and mix them up a bit in the pan. Top with the onions and let them cook, undisturbed, for a few minutes until the broccoli begins to brown.
Stir them up and add back the pancetta. Add your seasonings and continue cooking until the broccoli are tender crisp.
Remove from the heat and squeeze some lemon juice on them.