Spaghetti with sardines

Spaghetti with sardines

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(56 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

    ol-iv oyl

    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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13th Apr, 2011
Simple, quick & easy, and tasted great!
Frantic Flapjack
6th Apr, 2011
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.
4th Apr, 2011
Fantastic store cupboard dinner, quick and easy but tasty.
24th Mar, 2011
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!:)
22nd Mar, 2011
To be honest, I thought this was only "fancy sardines". It looks pretty nice though.
19th Mar, 2011
Enjoyed this recipe, didnt have any sardines so used tin pilchards in tomato sauce, will definately make this again.
19th Mar, 2011
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.
18th Mar, 2011
Odd... Found exactly the same recipe here: Same picture, even. Must be some central site somewhere, combining all these...Now, THAT would be handy! Mini-laptop in the kitchen, and read online any recipe that you want...
17th Mar, 2011
Sorry, accidentally gave it wrong rating- it's absolutely 5 star recipe!!!!
17th Mar, 2011
Very quick and very tasty. My husband and I absolutely love it ;-))


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