Sardines with Spicy Tomato Sauce: Seasonal Chef Recipe


What is it about sardines that makes people jump for joy? They are small and have a lot of tiny bones. It seems like a lot of work for the small amount of food you get in the end. That said, you might want to take another look at sardines and get the canned variety that are not only skinless, but boneless too. Click this link to see a step by step for this recipe by our Seasonal Chef.

Sardines with Spicy Tomato Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

This quick pasta dinner starring sardines will be done in a snap, for a quick mid-week dinner.


  • 2 - 3.5-4 oz cans boneless, skinless sardines
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 cup onion, 1/4" dice
  • Crushed red pepper
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 lb fresh tomato pasta
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Drain the sardines, gently breaking in small pieces, and set aside.
  2. In a 13" skillet toast the breadcrumbs with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Remove and place in a bowl to cool.
  3. In the same pan, over medium heat, sauté the onion and garlic with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt and a big pinch of crushed red pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes until golden brown Add the tomatoes and cook another 5 minutes until they are soft.
  4. Meanwhile put a small pot of salted water on to boil and add the pasta. Cook for 3 minutes. Using tongs or a spider ladle remove from water and add to the tomato sauce along with 1 cup of the water. Continue to cook the pasta for 3 more minutes in the sauce tossing gently.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the parsley and lemon zest tossing well.
  6. Add the sardines, a little parmesan cheese if desired. Taste for seasoning.
  7. Toss gently and serve right away.


About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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