Spicy fennel linguine with sardines & capers

Spicy fennel linguine with sardines & capers

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Serves 2
Fennel adds an aniseed punch to this quick pasta dish with chilli-infused sardines, zesty lemon and parsley

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal552
  • fat20g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre8g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.9g
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Ingredients

  • 175g linguine (or spaghetti)
  • 120g can sardines piccanti (packed in chilli-infused oil - see tip below)
    Sardine

    Sardine

    sar-deen

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

  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
    Fennel bulb

    Fennel bulb

    Like Marmite, fennel is something that you either love or hate - its strong aniseed flavour…

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 tbsp capers, drained, chopped if large
    Capers

    Capers

    kay-per

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

  • handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)

Method

  1. Cook the pasta following pack instructions until al dente. Meanwhile, drain the oil from the sardines into a large frying pan set over a medium heat. Add the fennel, garlic and lemon zest, then cook for 10 mins, stirring often, until the fennel is tender and starting to colour.

  2. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Tip the sardines (and the whole chillies from the can, if you like) onto the fennel. Break the fish up a little with a wooden spoon, then add the capers, parsley, pasta and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Season to taste. If the pasta seems a little dry, add 2 tbsp of the cooking water and stir gently. Pile onto plates and drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil, if you like.

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Gezza
12th Apr, 2016
5.05
I can't believe I am the first to rate this brilliant dish. Do you want to be transported to Italy? This recipe is so cheap (chilli sardines are only 40p!!) , fresh, easy and delicious (if you are a fan of sardines, not everyone's cup of tea I know). My husband and I always look at each other smugly after we've eaten this. It's a staple in our house. I also add toasted pine nuts on the top. Spelt spaghetti goes well too. I've never had to add any extra water at the end. The lemon juice just wets it enough. Try it!!
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