Pasta Con Sarde (Pasta with Sardines)


This dish is super fast and easy, made from a pasta con sarde recipe that has been passed down from relatives in Italy. The leftovers taste great cold, too!

close up view of Pasta Con Sarde (Pasta with Sardines) garnished with cheese and fresh herbs on a white plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti

  • ¾ cup olive oil, divided

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (4 ounce) cans sardines packed in olive oil, drained

  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

  • cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch additional Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Toss with 1/4 cup olive oil; cover and keep warm.

  2. Place 1/4 cup olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic; cook just until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add sardines; cook 1 minute more. Stir in bread crumbs and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup olive oil if necessary to give mixture a crumbly texture. Stir in parsley and pepper and remove from heat.

  3. Serve sardine mixture over spaghetti and garnish with additional Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1046 Calories
52g Fat
107g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1046
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52g 67%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 930mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 107g 39%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 387mg 30%
Iron 8mg 42%
Potassium 599mg 13%

* 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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