Lemon-Garlic Sardine Fettuccine

November/December 2010

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Even sardine skeptics will enjoy this lemony pasta with crispy breadcrumbs. Substitute two 5- to 6-ounce cans chunk light tuna for the sardines if you prefer. If you are using tuna or can’t find sardines packed in tomato sauce, add 2 tablespoons tomato paste in Step 4 with the lemon juice. Serve with a salad of bitter greens tossed with a lemon vinaigrette and a glass of Pinot Grigio.

"I made this for Thanksgiving (with homemade fettucine) it was a super hit. "
Lemon-Garlic Sardine Fettuccine

11 Reviews for Lemon-Garlic Sardine Fettuccine

Fast and Easy

This was an easy preparation that tasted quite nice. Mine was a little tart because instead of lemon juice I had key lime juice on hand and I should have used a little less - but it was still good. I didn't feel like bothering with making my own bread crumbs so I used panko instead (browned it up just like you would the bread crumbs). I also had to use the tomato paste because I didn't have sardines in tomato sauce. Next time I will use lemon juice and someone else posted that they sautéed some tomatoes with the garlic - I like that idea a lot and will do it next time. This wasn't a one time only recipe, I'll be making this one again and I'm looking forward to it.


I find myself coming back to this recipe again and again, as it's a good way to use up those zested lemons leftover from baking! I recommend not omitting the breadcrumbs - it's still good without them, but they really add to the dish. I've made it with shrimp, too.

Yum Yum!

Prepared half serve of this for a quick lunch - even my bf who hated the smell of sardines, loved it! I omitted the breadcrumbs to avoid having another pan to clean up.

Quick and easy

Made half for a quick dinner for two. Served with broccoli and beans. Surprisingly, the sardine taste was overcome by the garlic and lemon. Would adjust the flavours next time so we could taste the fish, otherwise yum.

quick and easy
Quite yummy!

I made a couple of adjustments using what I had on hand ... used a bit of dried parsley instead of fresh and just used sardines in olive oil (no tomato sauce and didn't add the tomato paste to substitute). I did use the olive oil from the sardines to cook the dish. It was so tasty!!


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