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What is it?

Guanciale is a cured pork product similar to pancetta (that is, unsmoked bacon), but made from the pig’s jowls or cheeks rather than the pork belly. It’s an essential ingredient in classic pasta carbonara.

Don’t have it?

Pancetta is a good substitute.


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