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This pasta sauce is so easy to make with everyday pantry essential. The sauce is super easy to make, good for you and packed with fresh flavors.
Spaghetti with sardines, capers and lemon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Author: Ann Stewart
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 small onion
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cans skinless and boneless sardines
  • 1 tablespoon capers drained
  • 1 cup cilantro chopped
  1. Pasta
  2. Bring a big pot of water to a rapid boil. Add a generous amount of salt. Cook the spaghetti in salted water according to pack instructions.
  3. Sauce
  4. Heat the oil in a medium pan and cook the onion and garlic for 2 minutes, stir to ensure that they do not burn. Add the chilli flakes, tomatoes and sardines, breaking up roughly. Cook for 3 mins, then stir in the capers, lemon zest, lemon juice and most of the cilantro. Mix well to combine.
  5. To Serve
  6. Drain the pasta, reserving a couple of tbsp of the pasta water. Add the pasta to the sauce and mix well, adding the reserved water if the sauce is too thick. Divide into bowls and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro. serve while hot!
  7. Enjoy!