Portuguese sardines are considered to be one of the best in the world and they play a very important role in Portuguese culture. Rich in vitamins and minerals, they are often smoked, pickled or preserved in cans. In the summertime, during the biggest Portuguese festivities, the most popular way of preparing sardines is grilling them and serving with sweet potatoes or bread. A very easy and traditional way of enjoying fresh sardines!
For this recipe you don´t need fresh ones – a can of sardines in good quality olive oil is perfect for preparing a quick and delicious lunch or dinner. Since I made this pasta dish for the first time it became one of my favourites! So fast and easy to make and incredibly tasty! You got to try this one 🙂
FETTUCCINE WITH SARDINES, ARUGULA AND HOMEMADE GARLIC BREAD CRUMBS
150 g fettuccini
1 can of sardines in olive oil
handful of arugula
a dry bun* – grated or chopped
7 garlic cloves
1 chili pepper**
salt and fresh grounded pepper
*don´t have any dry bun? use the pre-made bread crumbs, that will work good as well
**if fresh chilies are too spicy for you, you don´t have to use them at all or add sardines in chili oil
Put five pressed garlic cloves to a pan with some olive oil and fry gently for about 30 seconds. Add bread crumbs and fry until they get a little brown. Transfer to a peper towel and set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil from sardines in a medium heat, add sliced garlic and chillies and cook, stirring often, for about 2 minutes. Add the sardines and cook for another minute. When the pasta is almost al dente, drain it and add into the pan with the arugula. Stir, season with salt and black pepper. Serve straight away with a sprinkle of garlic bread crumbs on top. Bon apetit! 🙂