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

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    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)

eilidhrobertson's picture

Simple and delicious, enjoyed by our 2 year old too.

lisa_stone's picture

One of my all time favourites - usually I make this with anchovies though for a really savoury sauce!!!

yumyum280763's picture

Easy quick meal, very meditteranean flavours which goes down well in our house. Good on the budget too!

hannahspruijt's picture

Ok, but not great. Didn't really work for us, and we both don't mind sardines... Will probably not make again. Will have to try another way of eating sardines! In a creamy potato gratin is the favourite so far (using sardines in oil).

abi_barber's picture

Simple, quick & easy, and tasted great!

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Really quick and easy to make. I would say to use a 400g tin of tomatoes as it would be too dry otherwise. Next time I make this, I am going to try it with smoked mackerel.

food13's picture

Fantastic store cupboard dinner, quick and easy but tasty.

messyjessie86's picture

Cheap and tasty, so a winner for me. Also had leftovers the next day which I had with rocket for lunch. I understand that capers and olives are an aquired taste for some, but we love them in our house!:)

csatikati's picture

To be honest, I thought this was only "fancy sardines". It looks pretty nice though.

sande2's picture

Enjoyed this recipe, didnt have any sardines so used tin pilchards in tomato sauce, will definately make this again.

mcmurtry1's picture

Good, left out the olives as we aren't keen on black olives Sauce wouldn't be enough for 4 servings. Definitely one to make again and so quick, easy and economical.

ciasteczko's picture

Sorry, accidentally gave it wrong rating- it's absolutely 5 star recipe!!!!

ciasteczko's picture

Very quick and very tasty. My husband and I absolutely love it ;-))

fuji115's picture

Very nice midweek dish. I cooked for two but kept the amounts for the sauce as per the recipe which serves 4. We didn't have much sauce left. Keep it in mind if you do cook for 4.

georginamcvean's picture


When I first made this I didn't have any tinned sardines but I did have tinned mackerel in a hot spicy sauce. This which works just as well especially if you love big flavours.

cadaveria's picture

not sure about the capers, they look like rabbit droppings

amberevans's picture

I don't know why but this recipe didn't really work for me. The sauce is lovely and I usually love sardines but, personally, I didn't think they combined well. I have made it again but with prawns instead which I much preferred.

lizzafezza's picture

Mega quick and cheap to make. Was enjoyed by all the family including my two year old.

phantom's picture

My husband and I love this recipe, easy to make and so tasty!


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