Barefoot Contessa's Caesar Salad With Pancetta

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

I saw Ina make this on her show entitled "Picnic at the Pond". Don't leave out the anchovies; it's what makes the dressing wonderful!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut the pancetta into 1/2-inch cubes and cook it in a skillet over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until browned and crisp. (Pancetta is Italian bacon. You can find it in your Italian grocery or a specialty food store. Ask that it's cut 1/2-inch thick.).
  3. Remove to paper towels and drain.
  4. Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet and coat with olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until soft.
  7. Wash the lettuce leaves carefully and spin-dry in a salad spinner.
  8. Stack the leaves on a cutting board and cut them crosswise into 1 1/2-inch slices.
  9. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
  10. For the dressing, place the egg yolk (*if you're nervous about raw egg yolks, substitue 2 tablespoons of real mayonnaise), mustard, garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
  11. Process until smooth.
  12. With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube (as though you were making mayonnaise), until thick.
  13. Add the 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and pulse 3 times.
  14. Toss the lettuce with enough dressing to moisten well.
  15. Add 1 cup grated Parmesan and toss.
  16. Divide the lettuce among 6 or 8 plates and sprinkle with the pancetta roasted tomatoes. Serve at room temperature.
Most Helpful

5 5

This is REALLY good. While I did not leave out the anchovies, (I too believe Caesar salad just is not the same without them) I only used 7 as opposed to 8-10, and still thought it was a bit salty. Next time I will use about 5 for my personal taste. Other than that...flawless! I really like the addition of pancetta. I wonder how turkey bacon would taste? Thanks for posting a great recipe Juenessa.