Solo Spaghetti Dinner


I make this simple and delicious spaghetti dinner when I am home alone. It uses canned sardines and fresh tomatoes. It's great for a quiet night alone with a good book and a glass of red wine!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 serving


  • 2 ounces dry spaghetti or capellini

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 1 (4 ounce) can rolled sardines with capers

  • 1 fresh tomato, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

  • cup Italian bread crumbs

  • grated Parmesan cheese to taste, for serving


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti, and cook until al dente, or 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold water. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil, cover, and keep warm.

  2. Place 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until soft and transparent, about 5 minutes. Add the sardines; cook and stir 5 to 8 minutes until the sardines start to break apart. Mix in the tomatoes, and cook until mixture is heated through. Stir in the bread crumbs. Serve over spaghetti, and top with desired amount of grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

920 Calories
45g Fat
88g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 920
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 57%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 869mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 88g 32%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 32mg 159%
Calcium 572mg 44%
Iron 8mg 46%
Potassium 1285mg 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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