Pasta with sardines in brandied tomato sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (doesn't have to be extra virgin)
  • 2 cups finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 pinches oregano
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 generous splashes brandy
  • 6 sardines sardines
  • cooked pasta any shape, for two persons
  • 1 c shredded cheese
  • snipped parsley to garnish


  • Heat the olive oil. Add the tomatoes, onions and garlic. Sprinkle in the oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until the vegetables soften a bit.
  • Add the brandy. Stir. Allow to cook uncovered for a few minutes. Taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper, as needed. Cover, lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the sardines, breaking them into smaller pieces.
  • Continue cooking the sauce, uncovered over medium heat, until chunky and almost dry.
  • Taste the sauce one last time and add more salt and pepper, if needed. Remember though that you will be adding a lot of cheese so go easy on the salt.
  • Turn off the heat. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss well.
  • Add the cheese to the pasta. Toss to distribute evenly.
  • Sprinkle the pasta with snipped parsley before serving.