Mediterranean Sardine Pasta with Lemon, Capers and Chili Flakes – Easy, Delicious and Heart Healthy Meal
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In this healthy recipe, pasta plays host to a bounty of coastal Mediterranean flavors. Sardines, fresh lemon juice, capers, chili flakes, and olive oil combine to create a flavorful pasta dish. Most of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry or fridge. The result is a light yet filling, nourishing entree.
When Season Sardines contacted me about their tasty line of sustainably harvested sardines, my mind immediately drifted to pasta. Cooking up a quick batch of delicious Mediterranean Sardine Pasta sounded like the perfect way to celebrate sardines!
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This Mediterranean Sardine Pasta with Lemon, Capers and Chili Flakes is easy, comforting, and good for you. In addition to being tasty, sardines are a great source of protein. In fact, they contain more protein than chicken breast, hard boiled eggs, and roast turkey. Likewise, they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Sardines for the win!
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Sardine Pasta with Lemon, Capers and Chili Flakes
- 8 oz angel hair (capellini) or spaghetti pasta
- 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup shallots minced
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes spicy - use more or less to taste
- 1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
- 1 package Season Brand Sardines in Pure Olive Oil, drained 4.375 oz
- 3 tbsp capers rinsed
- 5 tbsp lemon juice or more to taste
- 3 tbsp fresh parsley or basil chopped
- Set a large pot of water over high heat to boil (this will be your pasta cooking water). Meanwhile, in a large sauteuse, sauté pan, or skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once the olive oil is hot, add the shallots, lemon zest, crushed red pepper and salt. Cook until the shallots are soft and translucent (careful, don't let them burn!).
- Add the sardines and capers to the pan. Saute for about 2 minutes until warmed through, breaking up the sardines into smaller pieces as you sauté.
- When the sardines begin to turn golden, slowly stir in the fresh lemon juice. Turn heat to lowest setting to keep warm while you cook your pasta.
- When pasta water boils, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving a cup of the pasta cooking water.
- Add the cooked pasta and fresh chopped parsley or basil to the pan with the sauce (alternatively, you can put the pasta back in the large pasta pot and pour the sauce over it). Toss pasta to evenly coat with sauce, mixing well with the other ingredients. If the pasta seems too dry, add a little of the reserved pasta cooking water, 1 tbsp at a time, to loosen it a bit. It should not be thick or heavy, and the noodles should be lightly coated with oil.
- Add additional salt, lemon or chili pepper flakes to taste, if desired. Serve hot.
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