Tagliatelle with sardines and olives
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
This is such a brilliantly simple and quick mid week meal that can be made with store cupboard ingredients. Sardines are packed with omega three fish oil and calcium too, so this is such a healthy supper for all the family. Sardines are quite strongly flavoured so you will not need to use a lot of seasonings and if you want this to be even quicker, just stir the sardines into a jar of pasta sauce. You can use any shaped pasta you have in your kitchen cupboards and, if you like your food spicy, add extra chilli flakes to taste.
- 300g tagliatelle
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- Pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional)
- 75g black olives
- 100g cherry tomatoes, halved
- 6 basil leaves
- 120g can sardines in tomato sauce, broken into pieces with a fork
- 8 caper berries , to garnish (optional)
- A little grated parmesan, to serve
If you find sardines are too strong, use canned tuna instead.
- Cook the tagliatelle in a large pan of boiling, salted water for about 10 mins, until tender.
- Meanwhile, fry the onion in the oil for 5 mins until soft. Add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds.
- Add the tomatoes and chilli flakes, if using. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins then add the olives and cherry tomatoes. Shred half the basil leaves and stir through with the sardines. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper.
- Drain the tagliatelle, mix with the sauce and top with the remaining basil leaves and the caper berries, if using. Serve with grated Parmesan.