Braised Celery With Tomatoes & Pancetta

Braised Celery With Tomatoes & Pancetta

Celery is more commonly used as a flavouring vegetable rather than a star of the dish (or a vehicle for nut butter), but it can hold its own when prepared well. Using raw celery in salads is an obvious choice, but have you ever tried braising it?

In this recipe, good ol’ celery takes on a new, softer form with the addition of a few strong-flavoured ingredients like pancetta, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. It’s simple, almost rustic in nature, and tastes marvellous. Plus, you’ll be getting plenty of gut health beneficial fibre and antioxidants, which celery is full of.

Cook’s notes

Pancetta is similar to prosciutto or bacon, so those are interchangeable. You can also leave it out completely, if you like.

I think this braised celery dish goes particularly well with grilled fish or grilled chicken.

This recipe is low-carb, gluten-free, HBF program and Whole30 friendly.

Braised Celery Ingredients

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Braised Celery With Tomatoes & Pancetta

Braised Celery With Tomatoes & Pancetta

  • Author: Irena Macri | Eat Drink Paleo
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, sliced
  • 100 g /3.5 oz pancetta or bacon, finely diced (about 56 slices)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 34 large celery sticks, cut into 4cm-thick pieces
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 810 sun-dried or semi-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 teaspoons sea salt


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and pancetta and cook for 8-10 minutes, until soft and golden. Add garlic, chilli, bay leaf, celery, carrot and sun-dried tomatoes and stir for 1 minute to combine and release aromas.
  2. Add the tinned tomatoes, water and salt and stir to combine. Bring to boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 40-45 minutes. Stir a couple of time while cooking.
  3. Serve as a side with your favourite protein main.

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Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author:Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food.More about me here. Sign-up for my newsletter and subscriber freebies.

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  1. Very nice quick and easy to make. Great to make in advance for a lunch or as part of a meal. I also added zucchini.

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