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Sardine Spaghetti with Chives

Sardine Spaghetti with Chives

Sardine Spaghetti with Chives, a quick and tasty dish utilizing a few pantry staples such as canned sardines and dried pasta.
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Sardine Spaghetti with Chives
Servings 4 to 6
Author Marisa


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
  • 454 grams spaghetti
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 generous pinches of red chili flakes
  • 3 cans of sardines packed in oil 120 grams each I cut the under side to open them and removed the fish bones
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil,
  • Salt the water and cook the spaghetti according to package instructions.
  • Meanwhile prepare the bread crumbs by heating 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet, over medium heat.
  • Add in the bread crumbs, salt and pepper and toast the crumbs, while stirring often, til they have browned.
  • Once browned, remove from heat and stir in the chopped fresh chives.
  • Transfer the toasted bread crumbs to a plate and set aside.
  • Using the same skillet (wiped clean), heat the 1/3 cup of oil over medium low heat.
  • Add in the minced garlic with the chili flakes, salt and pepper and heat till fragrant for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the sardines and sautè for 2 minutes, taking care not to break up the sardines over much.
  • Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water and drain the pasta.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the sardine mixture with a little of the pasta water and toss well.
  • If pasta seems a little dry, go ahead and add a little more pasta water.
  • Toss with 1 cup of the toasted bread crumb and chive mixture.
  • Plate the pasta and garnish with remaining 1/2 cup of bread crumb and chive mixture.