Spaghetti with sardines

I’m giving up! I still don’t have all of my content back, but I will try to build it back. I am working on the infamous award post, hopefully I will have it back up by tomorrow. In the mean time, here a new recipe!

Another simple pasta for a simple dinner or lunch.  I know I am always eating pasta, but I like it! It is easy to make, it changes flavor completely depending to what you add, it is comforting without being heavy, it is quick, I always have it in my pantry, . I mean, I know carbs are not supposed to be the best source of energy, but if I don’t have my dose of carbs once a day or so, I start having craves for it. For me pasta is good mood food, while the commercial food… not so much.
Anyway, this is a very simple pasta which will satisfy your salty cravings….

Spaghetti with sardines

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 1lb spaghetti
  • 1 tin sardines preserved in oil
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 spoon capers
  • 1 pinch chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • salt
  • EVOO


  1. As usual I started by warming up a pot of water for cooking my pasta. While the water was coming to a boil, I put a bit of oil in a small pan and added in my peeled and crushed garlic cloves. I prefer to crush garlic rather than mincing it because then is easy to pick out the garlic cloves for the picky eaters plus the flavor crushed garlic gives off is much more subtle than the flavor given off by minced garlic
  2. I let the garlic soften up without browning, to do that keep the oil at a relatively low temperature, and added some chili flakes and some capers. When the garlic was relatively soft, I added in my sardines. I broke them up and added a splash of white wine. pretty soon the sardines and the garlic will melt into the wine creating sort of a creamy sauce.
  3. At this point your water should be boiling so salt it and add your spaghetti (I used whole wheat spaghetti but any kind of long pasta will do). Mix the spaghetti well and cook them for the time indicated on the package (usually about 10-12 minutes).
  4. Add to the creamy sardines sauce a bit of tomato sauce, just enough to give the sauce a bit of color. Cook the sauce until the pasta is ready. Drain the pasta and mix it with the sauce, in the hot pot you used to cook (use the pasta pot, the sauce pot is almost never big enough. Serve warm
  5. Another meal that is ready in about 20 minutes!

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8 Responses to Spaghetti with sardines

  1. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    Hi Pola! I have so many posts to catch up reading on your blog…I love this type of pasta – mainly I use anchovies instead of sardines, but I must try sardines next time!

  2. Nicole says:

    I love sardines, and whole wheat pasta too. Don't worry about eating too much pasta- you ARE Italian after all!!!!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Don't give up! I'm sending you positive energy!!!!! And I love this pasta! (Especially the capers!)

  4. I've never put sardines in pasta, but my dad used to do that a lot when we were younger and we thought he was weird. 🙂 Now, I think he knew exactly what he was doing… I will try this for sure!

  5. Linda says:

    I will never give up my pasta and I'm glad to find someone who feels the same! No need to eat enormous amounts, just a small bowl is perfect and this is a great recipe as I'm not afraid to admit I do like sardines!

  6. Erin says:

    This looks great – a little nervous about the sardines though 🙂 Bad experience as a child, and left me skeptic!

  7. Nuts about food says:

    What a perfect go-to recipe: these are things you always have in your kitchen. Never thought of it but it sounds really tasty.

  8. Manu says:

    Hehehehe I too need pasta… I think all Italians do… 😉 BTW there is another award waiting for you here: Come pick it up! 🙂 Buon inizio settimana!

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