Cured Meats

Guanciale vs. Pancetta for Carbonara

Guanciale and pancetta are cured pork cuts from the animal’s jowl/cheek and belly, respectively. They’re used as central ingredients in many famous Italian pasta dishes, including Spaghetti Carbonara. Guanciale is used to make authentic carbonara, though pancetta is a common substitute. If you want to know the difference between the two cuts when making carbonara …

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