Spaghetti with sardines

Spaghetti with sardines

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(44 ratings)

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 cloves, 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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6th Apr, 2014
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.
27th Feb, 2013
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
21st Feb, 2013
No no no! this didn't work for me at all. Won't be rerpeating this. The sardine taste overwhelmed everything else.
14th Feb, 2013
We'll be making this one regularly!
6th Feb, 2013
This was very tasty! Thumbs up from my fiance. Fab use of store-cupboard ingredients!
25th Nov, 2012
Loved it, so tasty, healthy and light will def make again
4th May, 2012
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
4th Apr, 2012
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.
28th Mar, 2012
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.
19th Mar, 2012
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.


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