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a pan full of linguine

Sardine, Lemon and Chilli Linguine

Sardine, lemon and chilli linguine brings back memories of trips to Italy in summer, with flavours that remind of the salty sea air.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Calories 1420 kcal


  • 300 g linguine pasta or spaghetti
  • 100 ml pasta water
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic clove or frozen garlic
  • 1/2 juice of a lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped or frozen/dried
  • 1 tin of sardines in spring water
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes


  • Boil the linguine according to the packet instructions (about 8 minutes). Save 100ml (a small cupfull) of pasta water. Drain and drizzle extra-virgin olive oil into the pan. Give a good mix. This stops the pasta sticking together.
  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and add the crushed garlic. Fry for a minute. A squeeze of juice from 1/2 a lemon. Re-add the pasta back into the frying-pan and stir into the juice/garlic.
  • Sprinkle on the chopped basil and add the pieces of sardine. Mix and fry together for a minute. Add the chilli flakes (optional). Serve!


I would not recommend having any leftovers of this recipe. It only serves 2-3, so I'm sure you can manage to eat it all!
It's the sort of recipe that is best made fresh. Long pasta doesn't do well re-heated. It becomes sticky and rubbery. I would not even recommend freezing this recipe. Both freezing and re-heating are of course possible, but I wouldn't do it personally. 


Serving: 1gCalories: 1420kcalCarbohydrates: 233gProtein: 44gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 120mgPotassium: 874mgFiber: 12gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 830IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 154mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Easy, Economical, For Two
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