Leeks with Bacon

  • Prep
    5 mins
  • Cook
    15 mins
  • Serves
  • Skill

This is a simple but distinctive side dish that’s perfect with roast meats or grilled chops – or even crusty Italian bread. The crispy fried bacon, or pancetta, contrasts with velvety soft leeks to create something that makes the plainest meal a little bit special.


  • 60 g Bertolli Original Spread
  • 100 g pancetta or bacon, finely chopped
  • 750 g leeks, finely sliced, washed and patted dry
  • 75 ml hot vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Melt the Bertolli spread in a frying pan, add the pancetta (a popular Italian deli meat) or bacon and stir-fry on a medium heat until crispy. Stir in the leeks, season with salt and pepper and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Add the vegetable stock, lower the heat, cover with a lid and simmer gently for 10 minutes until the leeks are soft.
  2. Remove from the heat and serve recipe immediately.