Good Food Friday : Sarah Britton’s celeriac pasta with puttanesca sauce

It’s no big surprise that I adore Sarah and her work. I often share her recipes as they showcase real wholesome food and a beautiful example that healthy food is in no way boring! This little beauty is one that I know you will love!

Celeriac Pasta with Puttanesca Sauce

Serves 4


1 lb. / 500g celeriac


1. Slice off the knobby exterior of the celeriac – this may leave you with only ¾ of the original vegetable. Slice the root into half-inch (1.25cm) sections. Using a mandoline slicer, run the celeriac slices lengthwise to create ribbons. I recommend a 1mm thickness.

2. Place celeriac ribbons in a large bowl and toss with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside until ready to use.

Puttanesca Sauce


¼ cup /60ml high-quality olive oil
2 small red onions, finely diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 tsp. crushed chili flakes (more or less according to taste)
2 cans (14oz/400g) organic crushed tomatoes
3 Tbsp. capers, plus more for garnish
5 oz. /150g high-quality black olives / 1 cup (purchase them with pits. I like Kalamata olives best), plus more for garnish
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
a couple pinches of salt, to taste
caper berries for garnish (optional)
flat-leaf parsley for garnish


1. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil on low heat. Add the crushed chili flakes and let steep as the oil warms up. When the oil is hot add the garlic and let fry gently for 1-2 minutes, then add the onion and cook until translucent, 5 minutes or so. Watch that the oil doesn’t get too hot – use a thermometer if needed and remove it from the burner if necessary (olive burns around 320°F / 160°C).

2. While the onions are cooking, pit the olives by lining several up on a cutting board and smashing them with the flat side of a knife blade. The pits are now easily removed. Roughly chop once or twice.

3. Add the remaining ingredients to the oil, stir well, and cover to simmer for as long as you have (minimum 10 minutes). If the sauce becomes too thick, add a little water until the desired consistency is reached.

4. Place desired servings of celeriac pasta in each bowl. Serve with the hot sauce on top, and garnish with a few extra olives, capers and caper berries. Drizzle with olive oil and chopped parsley. Enjoy.

You can find more information on these ingredients and Sarah’s original post where she shared this beautiful recipe here.

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One Response to “Good Food Friday : Sarah Britton’s celeriac pasta with puttanesca sauce”

  1. Valerie

    I am happy that Sarah of My new roots is featured here on one of my favorite blog. My New Roots is also another favorite. I have learned to cook with other grains beside rice. after starting to read this blog.

    A question unrelated to this post: Can we use the oil (Pumpkin seed oil, flax seed oil. Sesame seed oil …) instead of the seeds for the seeds cycling ? will it have the same effect ?