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Pasta with Sardines (Pasta Con le Sarde)

Pasta with Sardines is a classic Sicilian delicacy! This seafood pasta will become your family favorite with its wonderful flavor combinations.

May 25, 2022
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 35 mins



  1. Boil the linguine pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the package directions. Then separate some of the pasta water and drain the pasta.
  2. Heat half the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Then add the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Wash the broccoli and then roughly chop it.
  4. Reheat the pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, and broccoli and sauté until the onions are caramelized, about 5 minutes.
  5. Drain the sardines. Add it to the pan. At this point, be sure to leave the sardines alive without overcooking them and killing them.
  6. Chop the dry peppers and add them to the pan where the sardines are being cooked. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Mix the pasta and sardines in the wok. Add a ladle of pasta water. Then mix it again.
  8. You can add some cheese on top and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Pasta with Sardines
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 15 mg5%
Sodium 453 mg19.7%
Potassium 177 mg3.8%
Protein 24.5 g49%
Total Fat 12.4 g15.9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use fresh or canned sardines. If using caught sardines, make sure the filet is boneless.
  • Use fresh anchovies. All of them are rich in umami. You can use it with sardines or instead of sardines.
  • Use fresh and long pasta. In this way, the pasta holds the sauce better.
  • Try our 'Homemade Pasta Dough' recipe to make your own pasta.
  • You can prepare this recipe with spaghetti, linguini, or any of the other types of pasta.
  • Saute the onions. This adds sweetness to the recipe.
  • You can add white wine and lemon zest to the sauce. This adds acidity to the recipe.
  • Homemade breadcrumbs are best for this recipe. Use fresh and crunchy breadcrumbs. You can make your own breadcrumbs.
  • You can add pine nuts, fennel, raisins, or saffron to flavor the recipe.
  • You can add capers to the recipe. It goes well with sardines and adds a salty flavor to the pasta.
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Sardine Pasta, or Pasta con le sarde, is a traditional Italian dish. This Sicilian recipe can also be prepared with different ingredients depending on the region.

The main ingredient in this recipe is sardines. With its excellent nutritional value, sardines can be combined with pasta, which is the main food source for humanity, to create an incredibly delicious and healthy dinner. Sardine pasta, which is a recipe unique to Mediterranean cuisine, you can take an ordinary pasta dish and take it a few steps forward. With a cooking time of about 15 minutes and a preparation time of 20 minutes, a medium-difficulty sardine pasta recipe is with you… Bon appetit.

What is Sardine Pasta?

Pasta with Sardines, or Pasta con le sarde, is a Sicilian pasta dish made with sardines, anchovies, olive oil, onions, and pasta. The recipe may differ depending on the region of Italy.

In this authentic recipe, this delicious pasta is served with toasted breadcrumbs and minced garlic. There are also versions that contain ingredients such as fennel, saffron, pine nuts, and raisins.

Things to know about Sardines

Sardine fish, besides being a unique protein source, is also very nutritious in terms of omega 3 and vitamin D contents. Sardine, which lives in the Northern Aegean and the Dardanelles, can come to our table directly from the sea in the summer season, and in the winter season, it allows us to take omega 3 fatty acids from the can. According to the researches, 100 gr. Sardines seem to contain a high amount of omega 3 as much such as 1200 mg.

What To Serve with Sardine Pasta?

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Sardine Pasta:

How To Store Sardine Pasta?

This sardine pasta is best consumed fresh. However, you can keep it in the refrigerator for a day. Make sure the pasta is completely cool before storing it. Then cover it with cling film. Do not store it for more than 24 hours. Warm it slightly before eating.

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