Rather than drain away the flavorful oil packed with the sardines, we stir it into the pasta along with the fish. Look for brands with the blue Marine Stewardship Council logo. Buying sardines with this certification ensures they're sourced from fisheries that keep fish populations and environmental impact in mind.

EatingWell.com, April 2022


Credit: Johnny & Charlotte Autry

Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins

Nutrition Profile:



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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and set aside; wipe the pot dry.

  • Meanwhile, drain sardines, reserving the oil. Halve the sardines lengthwise.

  • Add olive oil to the pot and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add cherry peppers and the sardines and their oil; cook for 1 minute. Return the pasta to the pot, along with the reserved pasta water. Cook, tossing, until the water is mostly absorbed, about 1 minute. Add parsley and toss to combine.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup
400 calories; protein 13g; carbohydrates 43g; dietary fiber 6g; sugars 1g; fat 22g; saturated fat 3g; mono fat 14g; poly fat 4g; cholesterol 32mg; vitamin a iu 781IU; vitamin b3 niacin 1mg; vitamin b12 2mcg; vitamin c 18mg; vitamin d iu 43IU; vitamin e iu 4IU; folate 14mg; vitamin k 124mg; sodium 460mg; calcium 122mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 13mg; phosphorus 115mg; potassium 136mg; omega 3 fatty acid 1g; omega 6 fatty acid 2g; niacin equivalents 2mg; selenium 12mcg.