Pasta de Sardine Recipe -
Pasta de Sardine Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Pasta de Sardine

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"A great pasta dish for those who like seafood with their pasta. This dish is not only fast and easy to prepare, it is delicious and it is of regional Spanish-Italian authenticity. Red wine or beer is the beverage of choice."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for about 8 minutes, or until almost tender.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook for a few minutes until soft, then add the garlic, and cook until fragrant. Stir in the sardines with their sauce. When the sardines heat through, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the pasta is ready.
  3. When the pasta is almost done, drain, and add it to the sardine sauce. Stir, cover, and turn the heat off. Let stand for a few minutes to absorb the flavors of the sauce. Squeeze juice from the lemon over the pasta. Divide onto serving plates, and top with red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan cheese.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 10, 2006

I used 4 cloves garlic and sardines in olive oil (drained), and 4 TB tomato and basil pasta sauce. My husband (who is not a fish fan) absolutely loved it! I loved not only the taste, but it was very quick to prepare!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 23, 2006

This was a good recipe to use some leftover pasta and a few scraps from the cupboard and fridge, and made a decent lunch for two. I added some leftover black olives and reconstituted sundried tomatoes, upped the garlic and threw in some carrot matchsticks for balance and appearance. I like the distinct taste of seafood that you get, but I think canned sardines are not substantial enough to provide the texture and spectrum of flavor that you expect from seafood pasta. My boyfriend said that it would be great without the "mystery meat" qualities of the sardines. This is a great base recipe, and I think I may try again and add some rinsed canned shrimp or some leftovers from a seafood dinner. Final verdict: this is a nice filling $2 meal (less if leftovers/scraps) but don't expect the world from it. A word of caution: canned sardines will stink up your house when heated (if you've ever been to a wharf in the summer, you know the smell). Prepare some scented candles/inscense if expecting company.

Apr 22, 2004

If you're looking for an easy,cheap, but unusual meal, this is it!(...if you like sardines) I altered the recipe to use what I had on hand. Instead of the sardines in tomato sauce, I added sardines in olive oil ,one small tomato, 2 t of tomato sauce, and a splash of red wine.I cooked less pasta to serve two, so it was probably a lot more "sardiney" than the original recipe. I'll definately make it again!

Nov 29, 2006

Very tasty dish and oh so cheap! Both hubby and I loved it. I added chopped black olives and 2 tblsp of Tomato Sauce.

Nov 05, 2007

Really good! I used sardines in soybean oil, and just skipped the whole tomato bit, and it still came out fine. Also, when the sardines are in the pan, you can either stir them a lot as they heat and they can turn into a mushier sauce, or just gently turn them for more large chunks of fish in your dish. Either way- delicious! I didn't have any onion, but I added half a cup of chopped fresh parsley and the parmesan straight into the pan when the flavors "absorb." SO tasty!!

Mar 03, 2005

This recipe is five stars because it is so easy to prepare, & It has a really unique flavor. If you like seafood, try it!!!

Oct 29, 2008

I actually thought I invented this recipe))) I have it probably every couple weeks since there are usually lots of canned sardines in olive oil in my pantry))) No lemon,onion and garlic for me though but I add some lettuce/cabbage for crunch. Very versatile like any pasta dish - you can add any veggies you want and if you don't like tomato sauce just use plain sardines in olive oil. Also almost any cheese would do. With whole wheat pasta even healthier!

Mar 10, 2011

The lemon juice makes this dish! I never would have thought to use lemon juice, but it tasted really plain, blah, before adding it. Used inexpensive herring in hot tomato sauce, two cans for two servings (can says one serving per can).


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  • Calories
  • 350 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.3 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 12.8 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 3.8 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 14.5 g
  • 29%
  • Sodium
  • 192 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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