Pasta With Canned Sardine Sauce

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Joel Friedland

Very cheap, tasty & nutritious pasta lunch/dinner. Even here in Queens in NYC, this makes a meal for four for less than $1.25 ($2.25 in Manhattan supermarkets).

Top Review by Holly Mercer

I thought this dish was okay, but my parents didn't like it, and I wound up eating most of it. It was strong-smelling and oily, though I added only half the amount of olive oil. I might make it again if I was on my own, but I'd only serve it to others if they were really in the mood for sardines.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 5 12 ounces canned sardines in tomato sauce
  • 0.5 (14 ounce) can plum tomatoes (half a can, only the tomatoes)
  • 1 ounce olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • spices (pepper, hot pepper, salt, dried parsley and so on.)
  • 12 lb pasta (I made elbows.)


  1. While the pasta is boiling away atop the stove, make the sauce -- it takes less than five minutes.
  2. Empty sardines into a pan atop the stove. Heat at medium. Crush the sardines into a sauce. Add in whole plum tomatoes and crush them into the sauce. Add oil and garlic. Boil up, add in spices to taste.
  3. Serve atop the pasta.

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