Need an easy recipe for tonight's supper? Make it sardines pasta. One minute to prepare and 15 minutes to cook.

Spanish-style Sardines Pasta

Updated version of a recipe originally published in May 2003.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fusion
Keyword Pasta, Sardines
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 3
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 100 grams pasta any shape
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 jar Spanish-style sardines in oil


  • Cook the pasta in boiling salted water.
  • While the pasta cooks, make the sauce. Melt the butter. Saute the garlic, onion and oregano with generous pinches of salt and pepper.
  • When the onion bits are soft, pour in the contents of the can of tomatoes, crushing the tomatoes with your hand. Boil gently, uncovered, to reduce until the pasta is done.
  • Break up the sardines. Stir half into the sauce.
  • Pour in as much of the oil from the jar of sardines as you wish into the sauce. Stir. Taste. Add salt and pepper, as needed.
  • Toss the pasta into the sauce.
  • Ladle the pasta into bowls. Garnish with the remaining sardines and, optionally, with grated Parmesan and finely sliced scallions.