Pasta con le Sarde Recipe

Pasta con le Sarde Recipe

How To Make Pasta con le Sarde

A classic Sicilian dish, this pasta con le Sarde combines spaghetti and crushed tomatoes for tangy pasta with sardines, topped with crunchy bread crumbs.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



  • ½cupolive oil
  • 1cupfresh bread crumbs
  • ½cupparmesan,grated
  • 1fennel bulb,diced
  • 4clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1cupcrushed tomatoes in thick puree,canned
  • 2ozboneless and skinless sardines,(1 can)
  • ¼cupfresh parsley,chopped
  • ¾tspsalt
  • ½tspfresh ground black pepper
  • 1lbspaghetti


  1. In a large frying pan, heat ¼ cup of the oil over moderate heat. Add the bread crumbs and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes until golden. Remove the crumbs from the pan and toss with the Parmesan. Wipe out the pan.

  2. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil over moderately high heat. Add the fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes until golden. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute longer.

  3. Stir in the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until thick. Add the sardines, parsley, salt, and pepper. Break up the sardines with a fork. Remove from the heat.

  4. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the spaghetti for about 12 minutes until just done. Drain. Toss the spaghetti with the sauce and half of the bread crumbs. Top with the remaining crumbs.

  5. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you’re fortunate enough to find fresh sardines, substitute 1 pound of them, filleted, for the canned sardines. Add them to the pan along with the garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes before adding the tomatoes.


  • Calories: 824.97kcal
  • Fat: 34.92g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.44g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 21.61g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.18g
  • Carbohydrates: 100.97g
  • Fiber: 7.17g
  • Sugar: 8.84g
  • Protein: 27.37g
  • Cholesterol: 21.14mg
  • Sodium: 722.12mg
  • Calcium: 342.80mg
  • Potassium: 795.84mg
  • Iron: 4.18mg
  • Vitamin A: 91.22µg
  • Vitamin C: 18.51mg
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