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A Simply Sicilian Spaghetti alla Sardine Sauce

A Simply Sicilian Spaghetti alla Sardine Sauce

Serves 6
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Allergy Fish
Meal type Main Dish, Starter
Misc Serve Hot
Region Italian
From book The New Basics Cookbook
Transform yourself to a beach on Sicily with this Mediterranean healthy and simple recipe for sardines and spaghetti. Eating healthy never tasted so good!


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (preferably Italian olive oil)
  • 1 Large onion, cut into julienne
  • 12oz spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup raisins (preferably golden)
  • 1 can sardines, in olive oil (4 1/2 ounce can)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 sprinkle cayenne pepper


A simple Mediterranean dish that goes very well with a light and fruity white wine. This recipe calls for canned sardines but you can use fresh cooked sardines in substitution. If you can only find canned sardines in water, drain sardines first.


Step 1
Heat oil in a very large skillet. Use a skillet big enough to put in cooked pasta at the end.
Step 2
Sauté onion in olive oil until transparent, approximately 5 minutes.
Step 3
In the meantime, heat a large pot of salted water to boil and add spaghetti. Cook pasta until al dente. (While water is heating up, continue with next steps)
Step 4
Add raisins to the skillet and cook onion-raisin mixture 5 minutes more on low heat.
Step 5
Remove skillet from heat and prepare sardines.
Step 6
Open the cans of sardines reserving the olive oil.
Step 7
Chop sardines into 1/4" pieces and add them to skillet with reserved olive oil, sprinkle of cayenne pepper and juice from half a lemon.
Step 8
Drain the spaghetti and add immediately to sardines in skillet, mixing thoroughly.
Step 9
Sprinkle parsley on dish and serve immediately.
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