With 1 small can of Sardines, you can create a variety of dishes. I tend to use Soy Sauce to season canned Sardines, but I didn’t use Soy Sauce for this one. It’s a Tomato flavoured Spaghetti dish, almost identical to my Puttanesca dishes. Please use a can of Sardines in Olive Oil, so you won’t waste anything. This is a quick and easy recipe for 1 serving. Olives and Capers are optional, but I highly recommend to add them.


1 Serving


1 serving Spaghetti
Salt for cooking Spaghetti
1 can (110g) Sardines in Olive Oil
1/4 Onion *thinly sliced
1 clove Garlic *finely chopped
Chilli Flakes as required *optional
1 Ripe Tomato *cut into small pieces
*Note: 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste can be added if Tomato lacks flavour
Salt & Black Pepper
2 Olives *optional, sliced
1 teaspoonful Capers *optional, coarsely chopped
Finely chopped Parsley

  1. Cook Spaghetti in boiling salted water according to the instruction on the package.
  2. Tip the Oil and Liquid in the can of Sardines into a frying pan. Add Onion, Garlic and Chilli Flakes, and cook over medium low heat until Onion is soft.
  3. Add Tomato and cook for a few minutes, season with Salt & Black Pepper, then add Olives, Capers and Sardines, and mix to combine.
  4. Add cooked Spaghetti with some salted water that has been cooking Spaghetti, and mix to combine. Sprinkle with Parsley and extra Black Pepper, and enjoy.