Even sardine skeptics will enjoy this lemony pasta with crispy breadcrumbs. Substitute a 5- to 6-ounce can chunk light tuna for the sardines if you prefer. If you are using tuna or can't find sardines packed in tomato sauce, add 1 tablespoon tomato paste with the lemon juice in Step 4. Serve with a salad of bitter greens tossed with a lemon vinaigrette and a glass of pinot grigio. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

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  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and sizzling but not brown, about 20 seconds. Transfer the garlic and oil to a large bowl.

  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the pan over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, until crispy and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Whisk lemon juice, pepper and salt into the garlic oil. Add the pasta to the bowl along with sardines, parsley and Parmesan. Gently stir to combine. Serve sprinkled with the breadcrumbs.

Tips

Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh crumbs.

Nutrition Facts

475 calories; 21.4 g total fat; 3.7 g saturated fat; 60 mg cholesterol; 634 mg sodium. 424 mg potassium; 51.6 g carbohydrates; 8.6 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 22.5 g protein; 849 IU vitamin a iu; 19 mg vitamin c; 34 mcg folate; 282 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 85 mg magnesium; 1 g added sugar;

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