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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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