Tuscan Stovetop Baked Beans

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Tuscan Stovetop Baked Beans

Serves: 6 to 8
½ pound thick-cut pancetta, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
¾ cup dry white wine
4 15-ounce cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ to 1 cup shaved parmesan cheese
Bottled balsamic glaze, for drizzling

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring, until crisp, about 15  minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add the onion, celery and carrot to the drippings in the pot; sprinkle  with the Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 more seconds.

Deglaze the pan with the wine, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Simmer until reduced by  half, about 4 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes and chicken broth and simmer until the beans are soft, about 20 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and juice; adjust the seasoning, if necessary.

Remove from the heat and stir in the pancetta; transfer to a serving dish. Top with the parmesan and cover to  melt. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Recipes Jeff Mauro