Sicilian-Style Sardine Pasta With Breadcrumbs

Total Time
Prep 7 mins
Cook 15 mins

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray.It took me awhile to repeat preparing this dish - am I sorry it took so long! Very easy and tastes great too! Update: July 10,2008: according to a poster lemon-pepper adds that extra kick to the recipe, as well as adding some olive oil to the pasta (she prefers angel-hair) as well as the pasta water, and then finish with some grated or shredded asiago. Just made it with these changes and it turned out beautifully!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large skillet preheated over medium heat, add 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, and chopped garlic.
  2. When the garlic begins to sizzle in oil add bread crumbs.
  3. Stir bread crumbs until deeply golden in color.
  4. Add parsley and a liberal amount of salt and pepper, about 1 teaspoon of each.
  5. Transfer bread crumbs to a dish and reserve.
  6. Return skillet to heat and 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.
  7. Add sardine and red pepper flakes to pan and saute over medium heat 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add hot, cooked pasta to the skillet and toss with sardines.
  9. Add bread crumbs to the pot and toss thoroughly to combine and evenly distribute the mixture.
  10. Taste, to adjust seasonings, and serve.


Most Helpful

DELICIOSO! I used the oil from the sardine cans, added 3 tbs capers, cause I love them, and lots of parmesan on top.

rosslare August 05, 2016

Very good flavor. I added the juice of a lemon and some extra olive oil so that it wouldn't be too dry. Husband thought it was too spicy so I will adjust the red pepper next time (he is a baby, though). I also did not have parsley on hand, so I used dried. It was good, but I will make sure to have fresh next time. Also used angel hair like other reviewers.

kadiprimo November 03, 2012

Very vesatile dish. Use lemon pepper for extra kick and in order to avoid dryness, I would recommend tossing the pasta (angel hair is better) with a cup of the pasta broth and a couple tablespoons of olive oil before adding the sardines. I also have better sucess using coarse breadcrumbs, fine ones soak up the oil. Serve this with fresh grated parmesan, romano or asiago cheese.

sydney2462 July 09, 2008

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