- 400g spaghetti
- 1 tbsp olive oil
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- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- pinch chilli flakes
- 227g can chopped tomato
- 2 x 95g cans skinless and boneless sardines in tomato sauce
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- 100g pitted black olives, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp capers, drained
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- small handful parsley, chopped
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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.
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.
TipUsing skinless and boneless sardines in this dish make a great sustainable alternative to anchovies – they’re also cheaper and a great source of omega-3.