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Pasta with Sardines and Lemon

Pasta with Sardines and Lemon

Sardines are one of the ocean’s most sustainable superfoods. Because they tend to fall apart, save half for topping the dish just before serving.


  • 2 4-ounce cans smoked whole sardines
  • 12 ounces linguine or other dried pasta
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 radishes, trimmed, quartered
  • 2 cups baby kale or spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Recipe Preparation

  • Clean sardines, if needed, by splitting in half lengthwise with a knife and removing backbones; set aside.

  • Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.

  • Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add shallot, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  • Add pasta, radishes, kale, half of sardines, and 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid to pot. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring and adding more pasta cooking liquid by Tablespoonfuls if needed, until sauce coats pasta. Stir in lemon juice and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil. Season with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired. Serve topped with lemon zest and remaining sardines.

Recipe by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen,

Nutritional Content

1 serving contains: Calories (kcal) 390 Fat (g) 15 Saturated Fat (g) 2 Cholesterol (mg) 55 Carbohydrates (g) 48 Dietary Fiber (g) 2 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 18 Sodium (mg) 290Reviews SectionThis was a really great idea for pantry and refrigerator staples. I used spinach and boneless skinless sardines in olive oil and I had to boost the lemon and the salt as a result. Smoked as called for int he recipe probably would have been 5 star results. The radishes were a delightful surprise - they were crisp tender on the plate and a nice textural contrast. As it was, because we like sardines and fish in general, this was an excellent lunch for us. Light but filling.AnonymousBoston, MA05/15/20

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