Sedano e Pomodori Brasati (Braised Celery and Tomato)

Braised Celery and Tomato (Sedano e Pomodori Brasati)

Braised Celery and Tomato (Sedano e Pomodori Brasati)

Celery stalks' stringy fibers, often removed before cooking, here act as a brace to help the vegetable keep its shape through a long simmer. The result is a sweet and luscious side dish.Todd Coleman

This recipe, adapted from one in Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking (Alfred A. Knopf, 1992), produces results that are surprising from celery: creamy, sweet, luscious. The stalks' stringy fibers, often removed before cooking, here act as a brace to help the vegetable keep its shape through a long simmer. This recipe first appeared in our October 2011 issue along with Lesley Porcelli's story The Soft Approach.