Sardine Recipes

Italian-Inspired Sardine Spaghetti recipe

Make the most out of a store-cupboard ingredient, sardines in tomato sauce, by combining them with olives, garlic, capers, chilli flakes and extra tomatoes. The tasty sauce is then tossed with freshly cooked spaghetti, or any other pasta that you have in the cupboard.


  • 350g dried spaghetti
  • 2 x 90g tins sardines in tomato sauce
  • 75g pitted black olives
  • 1 tbsp. drained capers
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 200g chopped tomatoes, tinned, or 200g passata
  • Pinch chilli flakes
  • Small handful fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Method of Preparation:

  1. Crush the garlic cloves and thinly slice the olives. Finely chop the parsley.

  2. Cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions in salted water.

  3. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the garlic gently for around a minute before adding the chilli, tinned tomatoes and sardines. Break the sardines up with your spoon, then stir in the olives, capers, salt and pepper and three quarters of the parsley.

  4. Toss the cooked pasta in the sauce with a couple of spoons of the pasta water, then serve and sprinkle the remaining parsley over the top.

If you want to, use fresh sardines instead of tinned and just add more tomatoes or passata as necessary. Feel free to use a fresh chilli in the sauce instead of chilli flakes, too. This recipe serves four people.

Author: Laura Young

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Published: October 25, 2011
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