Sardines Pasta

Recipe by in collaboration with grabease. 

Sardines might not be the first thing you think of adding to pasta but this recipe is going to change your mind!
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✔️1 tinned (4.4oz) sardines packed in water, drained (low sodium or no-salt-added)

✔️1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

✔️1 tsp minced garlic

✔️1/4 cup breadcrumbs

✔️pasta cooking water

✔️1 cup pasta (or more)

✔️juice from lemon to taste

✔️(optional) grated parmesan cheese for topping



  1. Cook 1~2 cups of Fusilli pasta until soft. Sardines sauce will be enough for 2 cups of pasta, but since most of the nutrition is in the sauce, I prefer to use 1 cup of pasta. Save 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water.
  2. Remove the backbones of the sardines. Mash the sardines with a fork.
  3. Heat olive oil and minced garlic in a pan. Once the oil starts to bubble, cook for about 30 seconds till garlic is fragrant.
  4. Add sardines and cook for 2 minutes while mashing them further with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add breadcrumbs, pasta cooking water (to your desired thickness), and pasta. Mix well and remove from heat.
  6. Squeeze fresh lemon juice to taste and top with parmesan cheese if desired.