Pasta With Sardine Sauce (Pasta Con Sardine Siciliano)

"This is an authentic Sicilian pasta dish from an online site in response to a recipe request."
photo by Thorsten photo by Thorsten
photo by Thorsten
photo by Thorsten photo by Thorsten
Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Cut fish into 1" pieces.
  • Saute garlic in olive oil over medium heat until golden.
  • Add sardines and continue to saute and stir until almost a paste (approximately 7 minutes).
  • Add tomato paste and 3 to 5 tomato paste cans of water to the fish and bring to boil.
  • Add herbs (leaves only)and raisins.
  • Reduce heat, add salt and pepper; simmer until thick.
  • Place cold water into large pot and start to the boil.
  • Boil pasta until al dente, drain and toss with sauce.
  • Serve with grated cheese on the side.

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  1. Doubting Thomas
    I used more sardines than called for. I also added 1 heaping teaspoon of oregano and basil plus a lot more garlic and I still found the spices to be mild, if good. The raisins are a nice touch. A nice, simple meal.
  2. Shakthi
    I made this twice already. The first time I followed the recipe as it is and it tasted great. Loved the addition of raisins. The second time, I added fresh tomatoes and some onions to it.
  3. Pinaygourmet 345142
    Fantastic! A great fish number, I'll make it again and again.
  4. Thorsten
    Very tasty italian pasta dish. I followed the recipe, except that I used fresh tomatoes, which I have had on hand. The raisins add just the right amount of sweetness for the tomatoes. The sauce is very easy to made and the sardines gave that typical sicilian feeling. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.
  5. anozira86
    I made this just as described and it was delicious! Instead of putting over pasta noodles, I cut zucchini very thin, sauteed it, and put sauce over that. Great way to get more sardines and omega 3 into the diet!



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