Serve this light Pancetta and Mushroom Crustless Quiche for brunch (think Mother's Day) or dinner. The leftovers are great for quick breakfasts during the week.
When you make the commitment to healthy eating, but are a lover of anything in the bacon family, you have to make an internal deal with yourself. Mine involved continuing to eat bacon and its relatives, like pancetta, because cutting it out completely seems like an idea concocted by a madwoman.
But, of course, there has to be some level of moderation. Do not eat all of the bacon all of the time. Yep, moderation is the key to maintaining my sanity while still being able to fit into my jeans. The same rule applies to Brie cheese.
There is just enough pancetta in this crustless quiche to satisfy my occasional craving for the salty crunch. The rest of the quiche is packed with sautéed crimini mushrooms, flavored with smoked paprika and fresh thyme.
When you take the quiche out of the oven, the sides will likely be several inches high, rivaling the best-looking soufflés. It kind of freaked me out the first time I made a crustless quiche until I discovered that the sides drop to the level of the rest of the quiche within 5 to 10 minutes of being removed from the oven.
If you have leftovers after serving this for brunch (I'm thinking Mother's Day!) or dinner, just cover them and store in the fridge. Reheat them in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute just before you're ready to serve them. It's so handy for quick breakfasts during the week!
Other healthy brunch recipes:
Strawberries & Cream Scones
Poached Eggs over Avocado & Smoked Salmon
Pancetta & Mushroom Crustless Quiche Recipe
- 3 ounces pancetta chopped
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 8 ounces crimini mushrooms sliced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
- 5 large eggs
- 5 large egg whites
- ⅓ cup water
- ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray.
- Place the pancetta in a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Cook until the pancetta is crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer the pancetta to a paper towel to drain. Discard the fat from the skillet and wipe the skillet with a paper towel.
- Place the nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the fresh thyme and cook for 1 minute.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, water, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture into the prepared pie dish.
- Sprinkle the pancetta and mushroom mixture evenly over the eggs.
- Baked until the egg is set in the center and starting to brown, about 25 minutes.
- Let the quiche cool for about 10 minutes, garnish with parsley and cut into 6 wedges. Serve.
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Good morning! Just letting you know that I featured this in my May round-up of Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes, which was posted this morning. Love the recipe; I hope a lot of my readers will click over here and try it!
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Rose | The Clean Dish
Oh bacon! I know how hard it is. It's the candy of meat!! 😉 This crustless quiche looks amazing! Crustless = genius!! Can't wait to try it!!
Angie | Big Bear's Wife
This would totally be perfect for Mother's Day. And yes, everything in moderation, I'm not willing to 100% give up everything I love.
Martha @ A Family Feast
I like your attitude about moderation in everything! This looks delicious and of course with pancetta - it must be delicious!
Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella)
This looks incredible. I am nervous about crustless quiche too, but you make it sound so easy! I will have to try this ... especially since i love pancetta.
I agree, life would be far too short without bacon occasionally!
Heather | girlichef
This quiche definitely sounds like a welcome addition to Mother's Day brunch. And I think delicious salty pork products in moderation are a good plan (because giving them up is definitely not an option).
I'm pretty sure I could never give up anything in the bacon family. It'd be a crime! This is a beautiful quiche and easy too when the crust is taken out.
great recipe 😉
Annalise @ Completely Delicious
Wow! This is one gorgeous quiche. I've been meaning to try a crustless quiche for a while now, but I admit I always back out because I just love a good flaky crust. But this recipe might have just changed my mind!
Lana | Never Enough Thyme
I have such a weakness for bacon. It's really embarrassing how much I adore it. Same goes for pancetta. This quiche is such a great way to curb that craving while maintaining a healthy balance!
I think that a "quiche" without a crust is the same as a "Spanish Omelette."
The Food Hunter
I'm not a crust eater so I love that this is crustless. I could eat this every day!
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
I love how you added pancetta to this quiche. My mom would love this for Mother's Day! Thank you for the yummy idea!
Holy cow! This looks absolutely amazing. I know what I'm going to be asking for on Mother's Day.