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Pasta With Celery

Perfect summer pasta dish with loads of fresh celery, lemon, parsley and garlic flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 568kcal
Author James


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 4 cups celery sliced into ¼" matchsticks
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 large lemon zested
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • ¼ cup parsley minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional, to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Julienne 4 cups worth of celery into 3" long matchsticks.
  • Meanwhile, cook spaghetti to al dente in salted (2 Tbsp kosher salt per gallon) water.  
  • Saute garlic in a ¼ cup of olive oil in large pan over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes.  After garlic is lightly golden add the celery and cook for 3 minutes more.  Add 1 tsp kosher salt and ½ tsp crushed red pepper to season the celery. 
  • Add 1 cup of pasta water and the lemon juice to the pan and cook for 1 minute more.  
  • Add in the spaghetti and mix to thoroughly coat with the sauce.  Cook for 1 minute, then remove pan from heat.  Taste test and adjust salt and red pepper if necessary.  Add the zest and fresh parsely.  Also, drizzle a ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil onto the spaghetti.  Mix one more time and serve with more crushed red pepper flakes, extra virgin olive, lemon wedges and cheese.  Enjoy!



  • If the pasta dries out before serving, just add a few ounces of the reserved pasta water to loosen it right up.
  • Only 1 tsp of kosher salt was used, adjust according to taste.
  • Crushed red pepper is optional.
  • Serve with extra red pepper flakes, extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and lemon wedges on the side.


Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 67.3g | Protein: 13.9g | Fat: 28.1g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 2.8g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4.3mg