Sardine and Shrimp Pasta

One lazy Sunday years ago, I was flicking through my channels and came across the show ‘Cookery course’. Gordon Ramsay prepared a pasta using pantry ingredients, sardines, sun-dried tomatoes, a slice of bread and some pasta to make a delicious lunch.

Before the show ended, I was already up on my feet, pulling the ingredients that I needed out of my cupboards to prepare a lunch that my family adored. Of course this was years ago, since I started my YouTube channel. There is no such thing as a lazy Sunday, but I have made this dish many many times and it’s about time to share it with you. This recipe also includes shrimp and I always at any given time have a bag sitting in my freezer, but you could substitute lobster or crab.

I thought the sauce may be a bit ‘fishy’ for my kids, but to my delight they loved the deep flavour of the sauce and find it totally unique. As a treat, I’ve paired this with a crab and parsley garlic bread, you can find that recipe here

400 gms spaghetti
1 tin sardines
1 red onion finely chopped
3 green chilies slices
2 tsps chopped garlic
1 slice of bread crumbled
Olive oil
5 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp capers
1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
2 tbsps parsley
2 lbs shrimp (can use as much as required)
Pinch Chili flakes


Clean the sardines by removing the centre bone.

Clean and devein your shrimp and marinate with some salt, pepper and chili flakes.

Crumble your bread by hand or use a food processor.

In a heated frying pan, add some olive oil, 1 tsp of garlic and the breadcrumbs. Fry till golden brown and remove from heat.

In a heated saute pan, add some olive oil and sauté the onion followed by 1 tsp of garlic and the green chilies.

Add the sundried tomatoes and the sardines and mash it with the back of your spoon.

Add the tomatoes and capers, cover and cook.

Add cooking cream to make your sauce creamy, this is optional.

Cook the pasta and drain.

Saute the shrimp.

Toss the pasta into the sauce, adding a little oil from the sun-dried tomatoes.

Add some fresh chopped parsley.

Top the pasta with the shrimp, sprinkle the fried breadcrumbs and serve.

View my step by step video


Photo by Adam Ahmed