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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010




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

  • 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.


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; protein 22.5g; carbohydrates 51.6g; dietary fiber 8.6g; sugars 3.3g; fat 21.4g; saturated fat 3.7g; cholesterol 60mg; vitamin a iu 849.3IU; vitamin c 18.6mg; folate 33.6mcg; calcium 282.3mg; iron 4mg; magnesium 84.7mg; potassium 424.2mg; sodium 633.8mg; thiamin 0.3mg; added sugar 1g.

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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
I made it according to the recipe. It was too dry and there were too many breadcrumbs. it also had to be reheated in the microwave because the sauce and the sardines were cold. It was an interesting touch though to toast the bread crumbs before adding them. If I make it again I will use more sauce and less crumbs. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
delicious and quick Very fast and easy I didn't have sardines in tomato sauce so i used the tomato paste which probably helped moisten the dish. I also added some capers because they seemed appropriate and left out the salt to compensate. Next time - and there will be a next time - I will make sure to heat the bowl before starting the assembly process because it did cool a fair bit by the time everything was mixed even though I did take the time to make sure all the components were prepped before I put them together. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Not Bad I followed the recipe exactly. The dish is rather dry but I did enjoy the flavors. It also got cold very quickly. Next time I will follow another user and heat the fish. I will add a little extra tomato sauce. Pros: Very easy to prepare Cons: Too dry Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy nutritious tastes light yet is filling (even w/o the breadcrumbs) This recipe is so simple and tastes great plus adds protein to my diet. I did change the recipe a bit by eliminating the bread crumbs completely. I saute the garlic in olive oil then add the fish to heat through for about a minute. I then toss in the lemon juice pepper only a dash of ground natural salt parsley and noodles and top with a little parm cheese. It's also good (and healthier) with cooked quinoa instead of noodles. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I had made this recipe years ago but only just found it again. I love how quick easy and flexible the recipe is. It took me way less then 30 minutes to whip up lunch for 1 (but I didn't need to cook pasta). I used tinned mackerel and followed some ideas from commenters here and on the 4 serve version. Also. I added a few things: some anchovy capsicum baby spinach and rocket leaves (arugula roquette) a little liquid from the olive bottle and my noodles were spiralised zucchini. I put the mackerel in the pan early to make sure it was warmed through but added it's tomato sauce a little later. Then I popped the zucchini noodles on top of the pan and gently stirred them through so they were coated in the sauce and warmed through. The leaves were added and allowed to wilt down a little. I used toasted breadcrumbs and didn't add them until the end after reading lots of comments about this being dry or they left the breadcrumbs out. I only used how much seemed to bring the sauce into the noodles (my mackerel tin had a nice amount of tomato sauce so I enjoyed the bread crumbs in the meal. I completely forgot to add the lemon but it was lovely anyway. I love this dish as a basis for my imagination. I will use it for many a quick throw-together nutritious lunch or dinner. Read More