About this recipe:A great pasta dish for those who like sardines. This dish is not only fast and easy to prepare, it is delicious and typical Italian fare.
1/2 (500g) packet tagliatelle pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tin sardines in tomato sauce
1 lemon, juiced
1 pinch dried crushed chillies
freshly grated Parmesan cheese to serve
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Method Prep:5min › Cook:15min › Ready in:20min
Cook pasta according to packet instructions.
While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, and cook for a few minutes until soft, then add the garlic, and cook until fragrant. Stir in the sardines with their sauce. When the sardines heat through, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the pasta is ready.
When the pasta is almost al dente, drain, and add it to the sardine sauce. Stir, cover, and turn the heat off. Let stand for a few minutes to absorb the flavours of the sauce. Squeeze juice from the lemon over the pasta. Divide onto serving plates, and top with chillies and grated Parmesan cheese.
Use freshly ground black pepper instead of the crushed chillies if you prefer less heat.
This was dead easy and surprisingly nice. The last time I had sardines in tomato sauce was on toast and I hated it so I was surprised to see that I had aquired another tin of the stuff! The 3 garlic cloves may have helped but it didn't overpower the dish as the taste of the sardines are quite robust. The only tweak I did was to add a huge dollop of tomate puree. Also I cut down on the amount of pasta as I did this for just 2 people so I used 150g of dried amori pasta but the amount of sauce this produced was enough to give all a nice coating - did make me wonder how the sauce would stretch with 500g of pasta. Mr said that he wouldn't mind having this again so it got his seal of approval
Next time I will try bitstobytes tip and add strips of courgettes - 15 Aug 2010