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Porcini Pancetta Dressing

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Poricini Pancetta Stuffing
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 276.96 kcal
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Porcini Pancetta Dressing is loaded with flavor from leeks, shallots, porcini mushrroms, and pancetta.



  • 1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
  • 43½ oz chicken broth Three - 14.5 oz cans; divided, warmed
  • 2 tbsp butter divided, one part melted
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • cup shallots (1 large/2 small)
  • 2 cups leeks (1 large, 2 small); cleaned and sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic (3 plump cloves); minced
  • 1 cup celery (2 ribs); diced
  • 5 oz pancetta diced
  • 12 oz dried bread (1 loaf); cubed
  • 1 tsp dried sage divided
  • 1 tsp dried thyme divided
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary divided
  • ½ cup white wine room temp; (see notes)
  • ½ tsp salt to taste
  • ½ tsp pepper to taste


Rehydrating Porcini Mushrooms

  1. Pour one can (2 cups) of broth into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.

  2. Add the mushrooms and stir.

  3. Turn off the heat, cover and allow to steep for at least 30 minutes.

  4. After mushrooms are fully hydrated, drain them. (see notes)


  1. In a large sauté pan add 1 tbsp butter and the olive oil over medium-high heat. 

  2. Add the shallots, leeks, garlic, and celery to the pan and cook for about 3 minutes or until they begin to soften.

  3. Add the pancetta. Cook an additional 5 minutes. Once cooked, drain off excess rendered fat, if there is any.
  4. Once the porcinis have been rehydrated, dice them and toss with the pancetta mixture.

  5. In a very large bowl, add half the bread, pancetta-veggie mixture, and half of the herbs/seasonings; toss together.

  6. Add the wine and ½ cup of broth; mix as well as possible (see notes)

  7. Add in the remaining bread, pancetta-veggies mixture, herbs, salt/pepper, and the tablespoon of melted butter.
  8. Slowly add the remaining broth, about a ½ cup at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

  9. Cover and chill until ready to be baked.


  1. If stuffing a bird, stuff it and bake it according to bird directions.

  2. If making as dressing, place in a casserole dish, cover.

  3. Place in a pre-heated 350°F oven.

  4. Bake for 30 minutes (if using a shallow baking dish, about 45 minutes if using a deep one), uncover and cook an additional 5 minutes to crisp up the top.

  5. Add to a serving bowl if cooked in the bird or serve in a casserole dish.

  6. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you wish to save the mushroom broth for soup, gravy, etc, use a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter. You want to strain out the grit. It can also be used in this recipe instead of additional chicken broth. 

Wine can be omitted and additional broth used instead. 

Nutrition Facts
Porcini Pancetta Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276.96 Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.55g21%
Saturated Fat 4.81g30%
Cholesterol 19.22mg6%
Sodium 1088.53mg47%
Potassium 373.68mg11%
Carbohydrates 28.88g10%
Fiber 2.87g12%
Sugar 3.95g4%
Protein 8.17g16%
Vitamin A 521.62IU10%
Vitamin C 14.09mg17%
Calcium 89.82mg9%
Iron 2.63mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.