Quick Spaghetti with Sardines

This is a really great, very quick mid-week supper that can be knocked up in literally 10 minutes. Tinned fish tends to get a bad rep; in most cases this is fair, but you can get really great tinned sardines, and I always have a couple of tins on hand in the cupboard. 


  • 3 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 small Red Chilli
  • 200g good Spaghetti or Tagliatelle (De Cecco or similar)
  • 1 really good tin of Sardines
  • Tomato Purée
  • 1 bunch fresh Parsley
  • Parmesan/Lemon to serve
  • Put the pasta into a saucepan of boiling water, and onto the stove to boil and cook.
  • Finely slice the garlic and chilli, and gently fry in olive oil.
  • Add the sardines to the garlic and chilli mix, and break them up slightly with a wooden spoon.  Then add a good squeeze of tomato purée, season well and cook together for a couple of minutes.
  • Meanwhile, drain the pasta and add a little of the water to the sauce to emulsify it, so that it coats the pasta well.  Then add the pasta to the sauce.
  • Finally, fold in a generous handful of fresh parsley and plate up.
  • Top with a bit of shaved parmesan and lemon zest, depending on taste.

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