Spaghetti with sardines

Spaghetti with sardines

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
This storecupboard supper is super quick and superhealthy to boot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal495
  • fat14g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs77g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein21g
  • salt1.07g
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  • 400g spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 227g can chopped tomato
  • 2 x 95g cans skinless and boneless sardines in tomato sauce



    Sardines are named after the island of Sardinia, where they were once found in abundance. Found…

  • 100g pitted black olives, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub, which grows in the Mediterranean. As…

  • small handful parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a medium pan and cook the garlic for 1 min. Add the chilli flakes, tomatoes and sardines, breaking up roughly with a wooden spoon. Heat for 2-3 mins, then stir in the olives, capers and most of the parsley. Mix well to combine.

  2. Drain the pasta, reserving a couple of tbsp of the water. Add the pasta to the sauce and mix well, adding the reserved water if the sauce is a little thick. Divide between 4 bowls and sprinkle with the remaining parsley.

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Comments (40)

belle.gothique's picture

This is a great dish if you don't have a lot of time. I'm sure many of you are familiar with the 'get in from work, too tired to cook' feeling. This is a dish that is so easy to do, and thanks to the sardines, garlic and crushed chilli, it's full of flavour. I wouldn't have it every week, but it is a meal you can have the ingredients sitting in your cupboard for up to a year or more, so great to have in reserve for that I can't be bothered to cook day.

reevey's picture

Great dish, I wasn't a sardine fan before eating this, now I'm a convert! Bags of flavour and although the recipe is long-winded, the result was worth it. Scored 9/10 and worth of a repeat!

jadedermody's picture

yummy dish. lots of flavour. But as my partner does not like olives or capers replaced those with boiled broccoli (added to the spag) to top up veg count and make it one of my 5 a day

jfergie284's picture

Really enjoyed this. I tweaked a few things.
Sautéed a chopped banana shallot and a chopped red pepper before adding the garlic. I also used a full can of chopped tomatoes. Didn't have parsley so used basil instead.

kirstycat's picture

This was nice...but next time I'll make it with tinned mackerel instead of sardines...don't like crunchy bones in my pasta!

catie74's picture

Errrrr doesn't the recipe say boneless sardines?

lauramurray's picture

No one in our family of 5 liked this (even my hubby who loves fish!). All ended up in the bin!

catie74's picture

Devoured by 4, 6 and 9 year olds. Added extra olives but only because the kids love them

fpinsent's picture

I've been putting off making this as I thought sardines would overpower the whole flavour and I wasn't sure about them going with pasta. However, hubby persuaded me to give it a go. I made it with canned mackerel in tomato sauce instead of sardines and halved the recipe for 2 (bar the garlic which I still used 2 cloves) and I was very surprised with the result. Will definitely be making this again as a quick meal.

disaffron6's picture

This has turned out to be one of my very favourite recipes. I halved the ingredients as I was just cooking for two but I still used 2 garlic cloves. Also I didn't have any parsley so I used coriander instead. What a fabulous meal ! And it's cheap, quick healthy and only 495 calories

kaikins's picture

No no no! this didn't work for me at all. Won't be rerpeating this. The sardine taste overwhelmed everything else.

sallykindle's picture

We'll be making this one regularly!

sophelizabeth's picture

This was very tasty! Thumbs up from my fiance. Fab use of store-cupboard ingredients!

kiwihomechef's picture

Loved it, so tasty, healthy and light will def make again

lalitdeepika's picture

I'm not a big pasta fan but loved this recipe. Added more capers and less olives. Used penne instead of spaghetti. The sauce went nicely with it. Super easy. Will definitely make it again

heston's picture

Really loved this recipe...'cos it's storecupboard, delicious, quick, easy to make and healthy too....the whole family enjoyed it. Next time, I will add a few anchovies or a smidge of anchovy paste to richen the flavour.

plums1's picture

This was delicious. It is a bit like spaghetti with canned tuna. I'd ran out of capers which was a shame as I know they would have been good in the sauce.

dishymummy's picture

Another great tasting recipe that is quick and easy to knock up on a week night. I will add a bit more chilli next time and I think that anchovies would work well too.

eleanormayo's picture

Great storecupboard recipe, even though there was only two of us, I still made the same amount of sauce and added chives instead of parsley as that is all I had!

Aleo's picture

A cheap, quick and easy meal to make, plenty of flavour. Will only use 1 clove of garlic next time as we found it a bit overpowering and the sauce was a bit watery, will reduce it next time before adding the sardines.


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Tomsk's picture

If using Portuguese canned boneless smoked sardines in olive oil - you'll want to consider adding decent amount of salt as is very bland without it